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May 13, 2006

Shouse Traded

Texas traded reliever BRIAN SHOUSE to Milwaukee for infielder ENRIQUE CRUZ and a player to be named.

The Rangers had designated Shouse a few days ago. He provided two excellent seasons during 2003-2004, then faded. Homers signaled his downfall: he allowed only four in 105 innings during ’03-’04, eight in 57 innings since.

Cruz was a Rule 5 selection in 2003 as a 21-year-old. He survived the full season, sort of, getting all of 76 plate appearances and batting .085/.145/.099 with 30 strikeouts. Playing in AAA for the first time, he was batting .261/.320/.377. He’s shown slightly increased power and decreased patience while slowly moving up the ladder. Doesn’t appear to be more than a 25th man at the Major League level.

Posted by Lucas at May 13, 2006 03:50 PM