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Cardinals Trade Robinson to Padres

March 29, 2004

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The St. Louis Cardinals traded Kerry Robinson to San Diego for Brian Hunter in a swap of speedy outfielders Monday.

Robinson had been competing for the starting job in left field with Ray Lankford and others this spring. Lankford has been impressive after a year away from baseball.

``We didn’t see a spot for Kerry on our final roster,″ general manager Walt Jocketty said. ``We appreciate everything that he’s done as a Cardinal and hope that this opportunity with San Diego will allow him to receive more playing time.″

Robinson has a career average of .263 in 365 games in three seasons with the Cardinals.

Hunter is a lifetime .264 hitter in more than 10 seasons with Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Colorado, Cincinnati and Philadelphia. He has 260 stolen bases and led the American League with 74 for Detroit in 1997.

He hit .235 last season for Houston.

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