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BRM
11-08-2006, 04:21 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Josh Barfield, who hit .280 for the San Diego Padres last season, was traded Wednesday to Cleveland for Class AAA prospects Kevin Kouzmanoff and Andrew Brown.

Barfield had 13 home runs, 32 doubles and 21 stolen bases in his rookie season for San Diego.

The Padres, however, were content to deal Barfield because of Kouzmanoff, who hit .389 in Class AA last season and .353 in 102 at-bats at Class AAA Buffalo. He hit a grand slam homer in his first pitch for the Indians in September.

He finished with a .214 batting average and three home runs in September duty with the Indians, but the Padres saw enough to deal Barfield.

Brown was 5-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 62 innings for Buffalo a year ago.

The trade was first reported on the website of the San Diego Union-Tribune, which noted that Marcus Giles, currently the second baseman for Atlanta and brother of Padres' outfielder Brian Giles, might attract the Padres' attention.

The Padres are also considering Japanese third baseman Akinori Iwamura, a third baseman who could move to second, according to the Union-Tribune. Iwamura plays for the Yakult Swallows.

LINK (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2654211)

paintmered
11-08-2006, 04:31 PM
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