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Reed Johnson already had scored twice, his Cubs were romping and he was set to
bat again at Wrigley Field. Pat Angerer Jersey . 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 were going to make other deals, well see. But I know there
will be a lot of phone calls,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I dont
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 its 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. “Its definitely an exciting time. Now, its 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 cant ignore the rumours and the deadlines the deadline. The past three
years youve been hearing stuff whether it be during the trade deadline or even
in the off-season,” 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.” “Theres 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
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