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Rays Get Chad Bradford; Phillies Get Scott Eyre

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A couple of reliever trades today:

-P- The Rays got Chad Bradford from the O's for a player to be named. Bradford's having a decent season--albeit with a ridiculously awful strikeout rate--and his wacky delivery still drives righties nuts. He's a low-leverage reliever at this point and his magically disappearing strikeouts indicate that he's near the end of the line, but he's a useful guy to have around even though both the Red Sox and Yankees have enough left-handed sticks that Bradford will have to be merely a LOOGY against them.

-P- The Phillies have acquired Scott Eyre from the Cubs for minor league RHP Brian Schlitter. Eyre was in the midst of an injury-plagued year and had been designated for assignment by the Cubs. Ignore his 7.15 ERA; that came in 11.1 innings, and nearly all the damage came in three outings while he was dealing with a groin strain. Given a couple weeks to get healthy, he might still make a pretty good lefty bullpen option. That said, Schlitter is at least a marginal prospect; he apparently has a decent fastball and has racked up grounders and strikeouts as a 22 year-old reliever in the Class A+ Florida State League.