The Oakland Athletics bulked up their outfield by getting Jose Guillen from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for right-hander Aaron Harang and minor league pitchers Joe Valentine and Jeff Bruksch.
Guillen was the Reds’ top hitter, filling in because of Ken Griffey Jr.'s injuries. He was batting .337 -- third in the National League -- with 23 home runs and 63 runs batted in.
Guillen, 27, is going to his fifth team in seven years. He started living up to expectations at Cincinnati but bristled at his backup role when Griffey was healthy enough to play.
The Texas Rangers traded center fielder Doug Glanville to the Chicago Cubs for minor league outfielder Jason Fransz and cash.
Glanville batted .272 with four homers and 14 RBIs for the Rangers.
Frustrated by the constant losing, Texas’ Alex Rodriguez is willing to consider a trade.
“If the Rangers found they could be better off without me, whether now or a year or two down the road, I’d be willing to sit down and talk,” Rodriguez said.
The All-Star shortstop, who is in the third year of his record $252-million, 10-year contract, had never indicated publicly that he would consider such a move.
Houston right-hander Roy Oswalt was put on the 15-day disabled list after re-injuring a groin muscle in Tuesday’s game against Atlanta....Milwaukee put pitcher Glendon Rusch on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left groin....Colorado left-hander Denny Neagle had season-ending surgery to repair a ligament in his pitching elbow....San Francisco purchased the contract of outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds from triple-A Fresno.
Montreal players and the players’ union say they are unlikely to approve having the team play home games in different sites next year.
The team has met with Gene Orza, the No. 2 official of the players’ union, which negotiated the agreement that allowed 22 of the Expos’ home games to be moved this season from Montreal to San Juan, Puerto Rico.