posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 07:03 PM
SEATTLE (AP) - The San Diego Padres added some infield depth, getting Rich Aurilia from the Seattle Mariners on Monday for a player to be named or
cash. The Mariners designated Aurilia for assignment on July 10, giving them 10 days to make a move with him.
Signed as a free agent in January, Aurilia slumped this season. He hit just .241 with four home runs and 28 RBI in his first year in the AL.
Aurilia has played shortstop for nearly his entire career, and the Padres already have Khalil Greene at that spot.
Greene has been impressive in his rookie year, but might need a backup toward the end of his first full season. The Padres are in contention for the
NL West lead while the Mariners had the worst record in the AL at the time of the trade.
Aurilia, 32, hit 37 home runs with 97 RBI in 2001 with San Francisco while batting in front of Barry Bonds. He led the NL in home runs and RBI by a
shortstop in three consecutive seasons (1999-2001) and hit .324 in an All-Star season in 2001.
Aurilia was hurt last year and hit .277 with 13 homers and 58 RBI with the Giants. He is a career .276 hitter with 130 homers and 501 RBI since making
his major league debut in 1995 with the Giants.