Padres - Rangers deal finalized

It took a long time before being finalized but the San Diego Padres announced on Wednesday that they have acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Terrmel Sledge and right-handed pitcher Chris Young from the Texas Rangers in exchange for right-handed pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka and minor league catcher Billy Killian.

"In Gonzalez, Sledge and Young, we've acquired some talented young players who have had success at the Major League level," said Towers. "Despite giving up some arms in Eaton and Otsuka, we feel that this is a deal that will not only benefit us in the long run, but will also make us a better ball club in 2006."

Adrian Gonzalez, a San Diego native who attended Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, batted .227 (34-for-150) with six home runs, seven doubles and 17 RBI in 43 games for Texas in 2005. The 23-year-old Gonzalez also appeared in 84 games with Triple-A Oklahoma where he batted .338 (111-for-328) with 18 home runs, 17 doubles and 65 RBI. In addition, the 6-2, 220-pound infielder recently batted .306 (79-for-258) with 15 doubles, 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 67 games with Mazatlan in the Mexican Winter League.

The first overall pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft by Florida, Gonzalez has a career batting average of .229 (44-for-192) with seven homers and 24 RBI in 59 games over parts of two Major League seasons with the Rangers (2004-05).

Terrmel Sledge, 28, batted .243 (9-for-37) with one home run, eight RBI and seven runs scored in 20 games with the Nationals in an injury-shortened 2005. He suffered a season-ending injury to his right hamstring on May 2 at Los Angeles and subsequently underwent successful surgery.

Over parts of two Major League seasons with the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals (2004-05), Sledge has a career batting average of .267 (116-for-435) with 16 home runs, 20 doubles, 70 RBI and 52 runs scored in 153 games.

Chris Young, 25, went 12-7 with a 4.26 ERA (78 ER/164.2 IP) in 31 games (all starts) for the Rangers in 2005. His 12 victories tied a Texas rookie-record while he ranked among Major League rookie leaders in strikeouts (137; second), wins (tied for third), ERA (fourth), starts (fifth) and innings pitched (fifth). Additionally, his 7.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ranked fifth among American League leaders.

Over parts of two Major League seasons with the Rangers (2004-05), Young has a career record of 15-9 with a 4.34 ERA (97 ER/201.0 IP) with 164 strikeouts in 38 games (all starts).

Eaton, 27, went 11-5 with a 4.27 ERA (61 ER/128.2 IP) in 24 games (22 starts) in 2005, tying his career-high in victories (2004). From April 21 through June 9, Eaton ran off a career-high eight-game winning streak, tied for the third-longest in the National League in 2005 and the longest by a Padres' pitcher since Kevin Brown won 11 consecutive decisions in 1998.

Acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in a four-player trade on November 10, 1999, Eaton has a career record of 47-41 with a 4.34 ERA (384 ER/796.0 IP) in 133 outings (131 starts) over parts of six Major League seasons with the Padres (2000-2005). He ranks among all-time franchise leaders in wins (tied for 12th), innings pitched (12th), games started (tied for 10th) and strikeouts (10th; 623).

Otsuka, 33, went 2-8 with a 3.59 ERA (25 ER/62.2 IP) in 66 relief appearances for the Padres in 2005. He ranked second among Padres' relievers in games pitched, while also ranking second among National League leaders with 22 holds.

Over parts of two Major League seasons with the Padres (2004-05), Otsuka has a career record of 9-10 with a 2.57 ERA (40 ER/140.0 IP) in 139 games, all in relief. His 1.75 ERA in 2004 is the lowest ever by a San Diego reliever with at least 70 appearances.

Killian, 19, batted a combined .261 (40-for-153) with 14 RBI in 32 games at Rookie-League Arizona and 14 at Single-A (short season) Eugene. Over parts of two minor league seasons in the Padres organization, Killian has a career batting average of .244 (72-for-295) with 15 doubles and 27 RBI in 89 games.

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