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The Milwaukee Brewers acquired the left-handed hitting Gerardo Parra from Arizona. (PHOTO: Rena Schild / )

Brewers, Cardinals make deadline deals

The race for the National League Central crown is already hot enough, but the St. Louis Cardinals stoked the fires by acquiring two starting pitchers while giving up major league pieces. The front-running Milwaukee Brewers responded by bringing in a Gold Glove-winning outfielder for some prospects.

A day ago, the Cardinals sent a minor leaguer and future draft choice to Cleveland for starter Justin Masterson. St. Louis then doubled down just before the trade deadline by sending major league pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder Allan Craig to Boston for right-handed starter John Lackey.

The Brewers, rumored to have been interested in starting pitchers Jon Lester (who was sent to Oakland) and David Price (who went to Detroit), instead made a minor deal by bringing in outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Anthony Banda.

Parra has won two Gold Gloves at each corner of the outfield and comes to the Brewers hitting .259 with six homers and 30 runs batted in 104 games this year.

The Brewers sent Logan Schafer to Class AAA Nashville to make room for Parra.

Pittsburgh, which made several non-waiver deadline deals last summer as it broke its long playoff drought, made a waiver claim on Chicago White Sox pitcher Angel Sanchez. Sanchez, a right-hander, hasn't pitched above Class AA this year, however.


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