Yankees, Sox highlight day


Published: Friday, August 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 1, 2003 at 2:46 a.m.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox escalated their arms race with a flurry of trades Thursday while the San Francisco Giants made the biggest deal of the day, getting Baltimore ace Sidney Ponson.
The AL East-leading Yankees became the latest team to raid the payroll-slashing Cincinnati Reds, acquiring All-Star third baseman Aaron Boone and reliever Gabe White.
New York also traded away third baseman Robin Ventura while the Red Sox added yet another pitcher, obtaining Jeff Suppan from Pittsburgh. AL Central-leading Kansas City got Tampa Bay's best reliever, Al Levine, for cash.
In all, there were six trades before baseball's 4 p.m. EDT deadline for deals without waivers. From now on, it becomes more tricky to make trades before the Aug. 31 deadline to be eligible for postseason play.
The Giants made a bold move, giving up pitcher Damian Moss, righty prospect Kurt Ainsworth and minor league lefty Ryan Hannaman for Ponson.
Ponson was 14-6 with a 3.77 ERA for Baltimore this season. He was one victory behind AL wins leader Roy Halladay of Toronto.
Ponson goes from a team struggling to reach .500 to a club with a 12-game lead in the NL West.
"Hopefully, I'll be in the World Series with them this year," Ponson said.
Ponson turned down a $15 million, three-year contract extension from the Orioles on July 19 and the sides had continued to talk without reaching an agreement. He is eligible for free agency this winter.
The Yankees made a pair of trades with the Reds. They got Boone, whose father was fired three days earlier as Cincinnati's manager, for promising left-hander Brandon Claussen and cash.
Boone expects to join the Yankees for their game tonight at Oakland. There had been rumors he might get traded to Seattle - where brother Bret plays - or the Dodgers.
"The fact that it's the Yankees is awesome," he said.
Boone, 30, was hitting .273 with 18 home runs and a team-high 65 RBIs this season. He also led the Reds with 15 stolen bases.
After getting Boone, the Yankees turned around and sent Ventura to Los Angeles for outfielder Bubba Crosby and right-handed pitcher Scott Proctor.
In a reworking of a July 22 trade, Pittsburgh sent Suppan, right-hander Brandon Lyon and minor league pitcher Anatascio Martinez to Boston for infield prospect Freddy Sanchez, minor league left-hander Mike Gonzalez and cash.
KEY MOVERS
  • The Giants acquired Sidney Ponson from Baltimore.
  • The Orioles received Damian Moss from the Giants.
  • Aaron Boone was dealt to the Yankees from Cincinnati.
  • Robin Ventura was sent from the Yankees to the Dodgers.
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