Looking to add a big arm to their bullpen, the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers reached an agreement Thursday to acquire former All-Star closer George Sherrill from the Baltimore Orioles.
The rebuilding Orioles would receive third baseman Josh Bell and right-hander Steve Johnson, both of whom were at Double-A Chattanooga.
The deal won't become finalized until all three players pass physicals, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed.
ASTROS: Ace Roy Oswalt will rejoin his team in St. Louis today and be evaluated to see if he can make his scheduled start Sunday.
CUBS: Chicago acquired John Grabow from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade.
Locked in a tight race atop the NL Central, the Cubs sent right-handers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio and minor-league infielder Josh Harrison to the busy Pirates for Grabow and lefty Tom Gorzelanny.
Grabow, a top situational lefty, is 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA in 45 appearances.
DIAMONDBACKS: Pitcher Brandon Webb has had another setback with his ailing right shoulder, raising the possibility he might need surgery.
Webb missed the team's trip to New York and instead will visit Texas Rangers doctor Keith Meister in Dallas, General Manager Josh Byrnes said.
METS: General Manager Omar Minaya apologized to a beat reporter for questioning his motives and credibility during a bizarre news conference. The writer accepted, saying the GM's "remorse was sincere."
Minaya said Thursday he had a good meeting with New York Daily News reporter Adam Rubin a day earlier. But the GM didn't retract his remarks when asked repeatedly if he stood by his critical comments Monday while announcing the firing of executive Tony Bernazard.
RED SOX: Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka says he never complained about the way Boston made him train.
Matsuzaka released a statement saying he spoke with Manager Terry Francona and he has resumed his training "in a good state of mind."
TIGERS: Reliever Joel Zumaya is scheduled to have season-ending shoulder surgery in August.
Zumaya, who has had shoulder problems since an offseason injury in late 2007, last pitched on July 18 against the New York Yankees. He was then placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Elsewhere, Detroit traded outfielder Josh Anderson to the Kansas City Royals for cash.