Pennant contenders made last-minute deals to beat the deadline for eligibility for postseason play, while noncontenders shopped for prospects. The Astros sent Larry Andersen (5-2, six saves) to the Red Sox for 3B Jeff Bagwell, 22, who is leading the Eastern League in hitting. The Astros also sent veteran 2B Bill Doran, 32, to the Reds for three players to be named. Earlier in the day, Doran rejected a trade to the Mets, who then acquired 2B Tommy Herr from the Phillies for two minor-leaguers.
The Mets, who acquired UT Pat Tabler from the Royals Thursday night, also got C Charlie O'Brien and a player to be named from the Brewers for two players to be named. O'Brien was batting .186 for the Brewers.
To make room for Herr and O'Brien, the Mets optioned 1B Kelvin Torve to Tidewater and put C Alex Trevino on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
The Phillies bought 2B Mickey Morandini from Scranton-Wilkes Barre, where he was hitting .261. The Pirates sent RHP Randy Kramer to the Cubs for minor league RHP Greg Kallevig and optioned OF John Cangelosi to Buffalo.
The Cubs also recalled C Damon Berryhill, OF Lloyd McClendon and RHPs Les Lancaster and Jose Nunez from Iowa.
To make room on the roster for Doran, the Reds designated C Terry McGriff for assignment. The Reds put starting pitcher Jack Armstrong on the 15-day disabled list and called up 1B Terry Lee from Nashville.
The A's put SS Walt Weiss on the 15-day DL with sore ribs and recalled OF Doug Jennings from Tacoma.
OF Kevin Mitchell has signed a contract extension with the Giants worth $15 million over four years that will make him the highest-paid player in baseball in 1991.
President Carl Barger of the Pirates, unhappy with General Manager Larry Doughty's latest blunder, will not say if Doughty's contract will be renewed after this season.
Doughty misinterpreted the waiver rules and waived two top prospects, OFs Wes Chamberlain, the Eastern League's player of the year in 1989, and Julio Peguero.