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Reed Johnson already had scored twice, his Cubs were romping and he was set to bat again at Wrigley Field.
Instead of heading to the plate, the outfielder was pulled for a pinch hitter and told to start packing - he was going to Atlanta.
Several contenders got a head start on the trade deadline by making deals Monday night. The Braves acquired Johnson and pitcher Paul Maholm from Chicago while the Los Angeles Dodgers obtained former All-Star reliever Brandon League from Seattle.
Cubs ace Ryan Dempster remained the big prize, and batterymate Geovany Soto seemed on his way to Texas. Clubs have until 4 p.m. EDT to complete trades without waivers.
''There will be a lot of calls. Whether we're going to make other deals, we'll see. But I know there will be a lot of phone calls,'' Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. ''I don't think tonight is going to be one with a lot of sleep.''
Toronto is among 17 teams in the majors that either leads a division or is within five games of a wild-card spot. The Blue Jays made a pair of trades for right-handed relievers, getting Brad Lincoln from Pittsburgh and Steve Delabar from Seattle.
The Blue Jays pulled outfielder Travis Snider in the sixth inning of a 4-1 loss at Seattle. Soon thereafter, they announced he was going to the contending Pirates.
''Definitely a shock,'' Snider said. ''With the trade deadline coming up, you never know if it's going to be you.''
Toronto later acquired Delabar for outfielder Eric Thames.
The Dodgers, in a virtual tie with San Francisco for the NL West lead, got League for a pair of prospects, outfielder Leon Landry and right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom.
''New league, new hitters, new teammates,'' League said. ''It's definitely an exciting time. Now, it's a new chapter in my life and go help the Dodgers try and win a ring.''
League was 0-5 with nine saves and a 3.63 ERA in 46 games this season. The 29-year-old righty was an All-Star last year when he had 37 saves for the Mariners.
The Dodgers are familiar with League - he got two outs against them in June when six Seattle pitchers combined for a no-hitter against Los Angeles. He had an inkling a deal might be in the works.
''You can't ignore the rumors and the deadline's the deadline. The past three years you've been hearing stuff whether it be during the trade deadline or even in the offseason,'' he said.
Atlanta has won six in a row to climb within 3 1/2 games of Washington in the NL East. The Braves nearly had a deal for Dempster in the last week, and instead got Maholm, Johnson and cash for two minor league pitchers - Arodys Vizcaino, a top prospect who had season-ending Tommy John surgery in April, and Jaye Chapman.
''It was one of those situations obviously where Atlanta was in the market for a starting pitcher,'' Hoyer said, laughing. ''It made the conversation a little bit easier.''
''There's certainly no hard feeling from the front office on what happened'' with the potential Dempster deal, Hoyer said.
The 29-year-old Maholm is 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA, including a 4-0 record and 1.23 ERA in July.
''We want to put ourselves in a good position to win the division, not just make the playoffs,'' Braves general manager Frank Wren said.
''We were looking for a starter, a quality starter that could give us the kind of production we needed up and down the rotation,'' he said.
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Per a tweet tonight from the Mariners twitter account we've learned the Seattle Mariners have acquired two prospects from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for RHP Brandon League.
The minor leagues coming back the M's way are OF Leon Landry and P Logan Bawcom.
More to follow.
In one of the least talked about trades today.
The Seattle Mariners traded reliever, Brandon League, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor leaguers; outfielder Leon Landry and pitcher Logan Bawcom.
The deal went down late Monday night.
League has been a viable relief option lately, not only for the Mariners, but for fantasy owners as well. He did struggle this year as closer...
The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen for a playoff run, acquiring former All-Star reliever Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners for two prospects Monday night.
The teams announced the deal a day before the deadline to make trades without waivers. Seattle also sent righty reliever Steve Delabar to the Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames.
''New league, new...
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The Seattle Mariners stripped down their bullpen after Monday's game, trading Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor-leaguers and sending Steve Delabar to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames, who has been in the majors off and on the last few seasons. With Tom Wilhelmsen away from the team as his wife gives birth to the couple's first child...
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I love his socks up. Really, really, a lot.
OF Reed Johnson will wear #11 and LHP Paul Maholm will wear #17. Maholm is expected to be here Wed. twitpic.com/adxwij
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 31, 2012
Reed Johnson meets his new teammates prior to stretch & #Braves BP twitter.com/KevinMcAlpin/s…
— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) July 31, 2012
Reed Johnson warms up with...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguers OF Leon Landry and P Logan Bawcom, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports.
League who lost his closer job earlier in the season, has gone 0-5 with a 3.63 ERA with a 5.4 k/9 and a 3.8 bb/9 and 9/7 h/9. League is under control team control through the 2013.
Image taken by JessT-R and used under...
In a surprising move late yesterday, the Dodgers traded prospects Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom to the Mariners for Brandon League. League, 29, is owed approximately $1.8MM for the rest of the season before becoming a free agent this winter. He’s pitched to a 3.63 ERA with 5.4 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 44 2/3
Paul Maholm is 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA over has past 7 starts.
One week after a trade with the Chicago Cubs for RHP Ryan Dempster fell through, Braves General Manager Frank Wren brokered another deal with the Cubs. This one held up.
The Braves have acquired left-handed starting pitcher Paul Maholm and veteran outfielder Reed Johnson from the Cubs for RHP prospect Arodys Vizcaino and...
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have boosted their rotation and added a right-handed bat to their bench by acquiring left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson from the Chicago Cubs.
Braves general manager Frank Wren confirmed late Monday night the team is sending right-handed pitchers Arodys Vizcaino, a top prospect who had season-ending Tommy John surgery in April...
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo, Geovany Soto has been traded to the Texas Rangers.
Soto has been traded to Rangers.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 31, 2012
Not sure how accurate this is, but it figures the Cubs would pull this **** when I'm about ready to go to bed.
This trade is not related to the Reed Johnson trade and there is no word yet on why Brett Jackson...
The Chicago Cubs kick-started their rebuilding effort with a pair of trades that sent catcher Geovany Soto to the Rangers and pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to Atlanta. The Cubs received Class AA pitcher Jacob Brigham from Texas, according to multiple reports. What they received from the Braves wasn't immediately known. Soto and Johnson were seen saying goodbye...
The San Francisco Giants jumpstarted their faltering offense in the final hours of the 2012 non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday, going head-to-head with the Los Angeles Dodgers in an all out MLB arms race to win the National League West.The Giants picked up right fielder Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies for Double A Richmond catcher Tommy Joseph, Single A San Jose right...
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Chicago Cubs have traded Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto in separate deals. The destinations are still unknown, but Rosenthal is reporting that the deals too place.
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