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Blue Jays deal closer, 6 others for 3 arms

HOUSTON — The Blue Jays sent closer Francisco Cordero and OF Ben Francisco to the Astros for three pitchers as part of a 10-player trade Friday.

Toronto also sent four minor-leaguers in the deal — right-handers Joe Musgrove and Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins and C Carlos Perez and a player to be named.

The Blue Jays, who entered Friday in last place in the AL East, receive pitchers Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter from Houston.

"It shows that, one, we've made the commitment and addressed an area that's needed. It's depth to our overall pitching," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "What this means in the next 10, 11 days remains to be seen."

Happ is expected to start in the bullpen. Carpenter will report to Triple-A Las Vegas. Lyon is expected to be in a setup role.

"Brandon's got a lot of experience in that back end," Farrell said. "It gives us a guy with some certainty about him."

Cordero, 37, has 329 career saves, second among active players to the Yankees' Mariano Rivera (608). Francisco is hitting .244 in 23 games in 2012.

"This is a very good deal for us," Houston GM Jeff Luhnow said. "Once again, we are adding depth to our minor-league system with quality young players. We really feel this will help us moving forward."

Rockies-Royals Deal: Colorado traded RHP Jeremy Guthrie, 33, to Kansas City for Jonathan Sanchez, 29, a struggling lefty starter who was designated for assignment this week. Sanchez threw a no-hitter against San Diego in 2009. The Royals traded Melky Cabrera to get him in November in what turned out to be one of the worst trades in team history. Sanchez was winless in his final 11 starts with Kansas City.

Orioles-Mets Deal: Baltimore acquired INF Omar Quintanilla from New York for cash. Quintanilla, 30, was designated for assignment Tuesday when the Mets activated OF Jason Bay from the DL.

No regrets for Crawford: Former Rays OF Carl Crawford told the Boston Herald he had no regrets about signing with Boston but last season's struggles did cause second thoughts.

"Things didn't go right for me the first year, so naturally, those thoughts creep into your head when you're doing bad," said Crawford, who played nine seasons in Tampa Bay. "If I had a good season, those thoughts don't creep up. But I'm a person (who) once I make a decision, that's it. … If I had to do it all over again, I think I'd make the same decision."

Greinke gets Offer: RHP Zack Greinke confirmed a report that the Brewers had offered him a five-year contract extension of more than $100 million, but he declined to go into detail, including whether he is strongly considering the deal. "We'll see how it works out," Greinke, 28, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "That's about it."

Cardinals shake up order: Trying to awaken his offense, manager Mike Matheny dropped leadoff man SS Rafael Furcal to eighth and put 2B Skip Schumaker at the top. Matheny also benched Jon Jay, giving Carlos Beltran a spot start in centerfield. Jay is 2-for-20 on the team's 1-5 trip to start the second half.

A's: SS Cliff Pennington (left elbow tendinitis) went on the DL, and INF Eric Sogard was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

Diamondbacks: 3B Geoff Blum, 39, was released, and the team called up 3B Ryan Wheeler, the Pacific Coast League player of the month for June, from Triple-A Reno.

Marlins: 3B Hanley Ramirez was held out against the Pirates because of an infection in his right hand. The team did not announce a timetable for his return.

Boycott call: Japan's players association threatened to boycott the 2013 World Baseball Classic because calls for a larger share of revenue weren't met.

Blue Jays deal closer, 6 others for 3 arms 07/20/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 11:14pm]
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