“We’re ecstatic to acquire a player of Bordick’s ability,” Phillips said. “We look to him to add tremendous stability to the left side of our infield. His offensive production will be a boost as well.”
Bordick, who turned 35 last week, is hitting .297 with a career-high 16 home runs and 59 RBI.
Fills Void at Short
Phillips had been trying to upgrade at shortstop—Mora was not the answer—since Gold Glover Rey Ordonez broke his left arm May 29. The Mets had a deal in place for Larkin, but the Cincinnati star blocked it.
In White, the Mets got help for their overworked bullpen. He was 3-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 44 games.
“White was near the top of our list,” Phillips said. “We had a number of alternatives. As we weighed them, the level of players and the price of others was pretty significant.”
The Indians, who began the day 10½ games behind Chicago in the AL Central, were desperate for pitching help.
Woodard and Bere will immediately move into the rotation to replace Charles Nagy and Jaret Wright, both on the disabled list and may be out until September.
Wickman, signed through 2001, has 16 saves. He is 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 43 games. A Wisconsin native, he sounded disappointed by the deal—Saturday was Bob Wickman Poster Night at County Stadium when Milwaukee plays Colorado.
“The trade hurts, that’s all I can say,” Wickman said.
Anaheim sent pitcher Brett Hinchcliffe and infielder Keith Luuloa to the Cubs for outfielder Chris Hatcher, pitcher Mike Heathcott and infielder Brett King.