Braves GM John Schuerholz wanted to add a right-handed bat and more late-inning relief pitching before the trade deadline ended yesterday afternoon.
Rookie Jeff Francoeur has hit .413 with six homers and 16 RBI in 16 games this month to take care of the first part. Schuerholz addressed the other need by acquiring reliever Kyle Farnsworth from the Tigers yesterday.
Farnsworth, a hard-throwing right-hander who had been the Tigers' closer, will be the set-up man for closer Chris Reitsma.
The Tigers received RHP Roman Colon and minor league RHP Zach Miner.
Farnsworth, 29, was 1-1 with six saves and a 2.32 ERA for Detroit. The team had offered him a three-year contract, according to Tigers President Dave Dombrowski. But Dombrowski added Farnsworth was determined to test free agency after the season.
"Our preference is we wanted to sign him," Dombrowski said. "When someone is not even willing to give a counter-offer, that doesn't make me very confident. Our hands were basically tied."
Schuerholz said he knows Farnsworth can be a free agent after the season, but his emphasis was obtaining bullpen help as the Braves try to win their 14th consecutive division title.
* MORE TRADES: The Diamondbacks acquired veteran LHP Buddy Groom from the Yankees for a player to be named or cash.
Groom, 40, was designated for assignment on Saturday after the Yankees signed LHP Alan Embree.
Groom, who criticized Yankees Manager Joe Torre for the way he was used, was 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA this season.
"They met the price I had on the table. It was an easy call for me to make," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said.
And the Marlins bolstered their bullpen in an effort to get stronger for the stretch run.
Florida acquired LHP Ron Villone from Seattle in exchange for minor league pitchers Yorman Bazardo and Mike Flannery.
"Anytime you get a lefty, it kind of fires you up as a player because the organization thinks you're close," Marlins closer Todd Jones said. "You don't make moves like that in anticipation of finishing second or third in the division."
-- From News Services