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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: Padres acquire Aurilia from Mariners

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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.

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 10:06 PM
Boy is his career on a major downslide.

He went from batting in front of Barry Bonds to losing his starting job on a last place team.

He'll most definitely be a reserve for the Padres, they've started their young prospect Khalil Greene who has done a pretty good job for being a rookie. I think the Padres are thinking playoffs and maybe want some veteran leadership in the dugout.

posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 03:24 PM
The Mariners recalled shortstop Jose Lopez from Triple-A Tacoma. Lopez hit .295 with 13 homers and five steals in 74 games with the Rainiers. He is expected to take over as the primary shortstop in Seattle.

posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 03:27 PM
lopez is supposed to be a major talent and the shortstop of the future, it seems that when mariners get players from the national league they immediatly go into the tank, don't know if this is cause the players can't adjust or the mariner scouts can't tell when a guy is past his prime...

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