Padres, Rangers swap six

The Padres traded starter Adam Eaton, middle reliever Akinori Otsuka and minor league catcher Billy Killian to the Texas Rangers for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Terrmel Sledge and right-handed pitcher Chris Young.

The deal, which will be finalized once pending physicals are completed, has been in the works over the last month, with various players thrown in and out of the mix.

Gonzalez, selected first overall by the Marlins in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, is a .229 Major League hitter in 59 games, with seven homers and 24 RBIs. At Triple-A Oklahoma last season, Gonzalez batted .338 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs in 84 games.

Sledge showed potential in 2004 with the Expos, batting .269 with 15 homers and 62 RBIs in 133 games.

Young, the Rangers Rookie of the Year, went 12-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 31 starts. He was 5-2 on the road with a 4.17 ERA.

Eaton is 47-41 in his career with a 4.34 ERA and finished last season at 11-5 with a 4.27 ERA.

Otsuka, 33, went 2-8 with a 3.59 ERA in '05 after an impressive debut season with the Padres in 2004 where he went 7-2 with a 1.75 ERA.

Killian was deemed expendable because of the wealth of talent the Padres have on the farm at the catching position.

Killian, 19, was taken in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He batted .287 in 32 games with the Arizona Rookie League Padres and .184 in 14 games with the Eugene Emeralds in '05.


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