Tony Abreu Completes Garland Trade

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired infielder Tony Abreu from the Dodgers to complete the August 31 trade for Jon Garland. The deal had been delayed by a grievance filed by Abreu regarding his official service time at the major league level. The Dodgers and Abreu reached a settlement, and the infielder will find himself in competition for the open second baseman's job next spring.

Tony Abreu, 24, had a brief stint with the Dodgers, but spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Albuquerque and Double-A Chattanooga in 2009. In 8 games for the Dodgers, he batted .250 (2-for-8) with 1 RBI and 3 walks. In 77 minor league games, he hit .312 (103-for-307) with 22 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs, 53 RBI, a .361 on-base percentage and a .541 slugging percentage.

"Tony is a switch hitter with the ability to play many infield positions and can swing the bat," Byrnes said. "He certainly will be involved in the competition for second base and add depth and flexibility to our roster."

Abreu's official announcement as the player-to-be-named-later in the Jon Garland deal was delayed by the service time grievance he filed with the Dodgers.  The fallout of their settlement is that Abreu will not be salary-arbitration eligible until after the 2011 season, unless he qualifies as a Super Two following next year. The D-backs had been concerned Abreu would be unconditionally eligible for arbitration after 2010, meaning he would receive a higher salary sooner.

Abreu has played in 65 career big league games for the Dodgers, batting .270 (47-for-174) with 14 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, and 18 RBI. In 273 career games at the Triple-A and Double-A levels, he has hit .312 (341-for-1094) with 71 doubles, 14 triples, 19 home runs, and 135 RBI. In 2008, he spent the entire season on the disabled list having suffered discomfort from sports hernia surgery and a right groin injury during spring training that necessitated season-ending hip surgery on May 28, 2008.  He turns 25 in November.

"We think he's a good player and a good fit for us," concluded Byrnes.

In a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster for Abreu, the team designated right-handed pitcher Bobby Korecky for assignment.  The 30-year old Korecky had a 13.50 ERA in five games with the D-backs.  He also posted a 2.10 ERA and 25:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio with the Reno Aces, however, leading all Diamondbacks minor leaguers with 13 saves.

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