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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: Padres and Royals strike four-player deal

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posted on Nov, 8 2004 @ 04:51 PM
San Diego acquired pitchers Darrell May and Ryan Bukvich in a trade with Kansas City on Monday for outfielder Terrence Long and pitcher Dennis Tankersley.

May, who made 31 appearances and led the Royals in starts and was tied for the team lead in wins, went 9-19 with a 5.61 earned run average this past season. In 2003, the lefthander worked 210 innings and finished 10-8 with a 3.77 ERA.

In six big league seasons with Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Kansas City, the 32-year-old May is 25-39 with a 4.98 ERA.

Bukvich, a September call-up, finished six of the nine games he appeared in. The righthander notched one save and a 3.68 ERA.

"The addition of May and Bukvich gives us two more solid arms as we prepare for the 2005 season," San Diego general manager Kevin Towers said.

Long, 28, hit .295 with three homers and 28 RBI in 136 games as San Diego's fourth outfielder. His 17 pinch-hits in 2004 tied for the major league lead. The six-year veteran, who has a .268 career average, 63 homers and 321 RBI, played all three outfield positions last season.

Tankersley went 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA in nine games, six starts, last season. Over parts of three seasons, the righthander is 1-10 with a 7.61 ERA.


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