7/30/2008 08:35:00 PM

Hawkins Shipped To Astros For Minor Leaguer

Posted by Mark McCray |

Houston Chronicle.com:

The Astros acquired right-handed pitcher LaTroy Hawkins and cash considerations from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league infielder Matt Cusick on Wednesday.

Hawkins, 35, is 1-1 with a 5.71 ERA in 33 games for the Yankees in 2008. In 14 career Major League seasons with Minnesota (1995-2003), the Chicago Cubs (2004-05), Baltimore (2006), Colorado (2007), and the Yankees (2008), he is 57-77 with 75 saves and a 4.72 ERA.

“LaTroy gives us another experienced, quality arm for our bullpen, general manager Ed Wade said. “We tried to sign him during the off-season and lost out to the Yankees, but we are happy to have him here for the remainder of the season. He gives Cecil Cooper one more weapon to call upon late in the game.

Cusick, 22, has hit .285 with nine home runs and 38 RBI in 94 games for Class A Lexington of the South Atlantic League. Drafted in the 10th round of the June 2007 Draft, the left-handed hitter attended the University of Southern California and hit .306 with three home runs and 35 RBI for Short-Season A Tri-City in 2007.
Looks to me like they got Cusick as a trade chip for someone...possibly Jarrod Washburn???

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