A frenzy of trades that saw All-Stars Mike Bordick and Bob Wickman and several other key players switch teams left baseball executives and fans wondering: What's next?
Probably plenty, even after seven deals Friday that saw David Segui, Wil Cordero, Ricky Ledee and a pair of Tampa Bay relievers also move.
The Cleveland Indians made three swaps and promised more might be in store before Monday's 4 p.m. EDT trading deadline.
"We have 2000 in mind, and that's what we're going to work for in the next 72 hours," Indians general manager John Hart said. "We're calling teams and they're calling us."
Montreal outfielder Rondell White, Milwaukee outfielder Jeromy Burnitz and Texas closer John Wetteland were among the most prominent players being mentioned in the trade talks.
The Indians got Wickman for their bullpen, Jason Bere and Steve Woodard for their rotation and Cordero and Segui for the everyday lineup.
The New York Mets made two trades, getting Bordick to play shortstop, Rick White for the bullpen and Bubba Trammell for the bench.
"We addressed some needs," Mets general manager Steve Phillips said. "That doesn't mean we shut down discussions before other options went away."
After a month that saw Curt Schilling, Denny Neagle, Andy Ashby and David Justice switch clubs, there was a one-day flurry.
The Indians got Wickman, Woodard and Bere from Milwaukee for slugger Richie Sexson, rookie pitchers Paul Rigdon and Kane Davis and a player to be named.
Cleveland later got Cordero, an outfielder who left the Indians after last season and signed a $9 million, three-year contract with Pittsburgh, from the Pirates for outfielder Alex Ramirez and infielder Enrique Wilson. Cordero was hitting .282 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs.
Still busy, Cleveland then sent Ledee to Texas for Segui, who could play first base, outfield and DH. Ledee, an outfielder, joined the Indians last month in the deal that sent Justice to the New York Yankees.
"When you're not established in the big leagues, it's going to happen," Ledee said.
Unable to convince Barry Larkin to join them last weekend, the Mets filled their shortstop hole by obtaining Bordick from Baltimore for infielder-outfielder Melvin Mora and three minor leaguers -- pitchers Lesli Brea and Pat Gorman and catcher-outfielder Mike Kinkade.
"I'm very excited with the opportunity to be in a playoff race," Bordick said. "The Orioles are struggling this year and to be thrust into a playoff race is great."
Hours later, the Mets acquired White and outfielder Bubba Trammell from Tampa Bay for outfielder Jason Tyner and pitcher Paul Wilson.
"This is the time for us to make our move," Phillips said.
The Athletics bolstered their bullpen Friday, getting Jim Mecir and a minor leaguer from Tampa Bay for two minor leaguers. Mecir has been one of the most effective middle relievers in the AL this season, going 7-2 with one save and a 3.08 ERA.
Oakland also acquired Triple-A pitcher Todd Belitz for pitcher Jesus Colome -- one of the A's top prospects -- and a player to be named.
In another trade, the Chicago Cubs and Anaheim swapped five minor leaguers.
Rondell White and Burnitz were both attracting interest from the New York Yankees, and there was talk of a three-way deal involving both of them. Wetteland was mentioned in discussions involving the Mets, St. Louis, Oakland and Atlanta.
There was a chance, too, Atlanta might sign recently released reliever Stan Belinda.
Bordick, eligible for free agency after the season, will join his new team Saturday.
Bordick, who turned 35 last week, is hitting .297 with a career-high 16 home runs and 59 RBIs.
"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."
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.
The Indians, 10 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.
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