CHICAGO — The contending Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for catching prospect Victor Caratini.
The Braves also got cash from the Cubs in Thursday's trade. Neither Bonifacio nor Russell played in the Cubs' 3-1 win over Colorado earlier in the day.
Russell was in the Cubs bullpen when the trade was made. He hugged several of his teammates and coaches — and slapped hands with a few fans — as he exited while the game was going on.
"It's kind of hard to wrap your head around it," Russell said. "It's obviously a shock. I knew things were gonna happen. There's really nothing you can do to prepare yourself for this. It's still kind of weird. I don't know how to feel. There's a lot of excitement, a lot of mixed emotions."
The 29-year-old Bonifacio hit .279 with 18 RBIs and 14 steals in 69 games for the Cubs this season. The 28-year-old Russell went 0-2 with one save and a 3.51 ERA in 44 games.
Atlanta is in the chase for the NL East and the Cubs are last in the NL Central.
The 20-year-old Caratini was hitting .279 with five home runs and 42 RBIs at Class A Rome.
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The last-place Boston Red Sox have traded pitching for power.
Now they can use some name tags to stick on the jerseys of the newcomers.
Nine months after winning the World Series, the Red Sox unloaded five key members of that championship team Thursday.
They parted with their best two starters by sending left-hander Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics and John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals. Then they traded lefty reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles. They also dealt away two underachieving hitters. Outfielder Jonny Gomes went with Lester to Oakland and shortstop Stephen Drew headed to the New York Yankees.
Key players coming to Boston are outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Oakland and right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig from St. Louis.
Another big trade Wednesday sent David Price from Tampa Bay to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal.
The Rays received left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames from the Tigers. Tampa Bay also got infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle, with Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson going to the Mariners.
Jackson was removed from Detroit's game against the Chicago White Sox with one out in the top of the seventh inning. As he jogged in from center field, he got a nice hand from the home fans, many of whom no doubt understood the significance of the substitution moments before the trade deadline.
The trade joins Price with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in the rotation for the AL Central-leading Tigers, giving Detroit the last three American League Cy Young winners.
Price's departure became a clear possibility when the Rays fell way behind in the AL East race earlier this season. Tampa Bay has played much better over the last month and entered Thursday only 5 1/2 games behind a wild card — but the Rays decided to deal their ace anyway.