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Mets Get Croushore From Boston

January 18, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Mets got reliever Rick Croushore from the Boston Red Sox in a trade Thursday, bolstering the NL champions’ already deep bullpen.

The Mets sent minor league pitcher Frank Graham and a player to be named to Boston for Croushore.

Croushore, a 30-year-old right-hander, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Wednesday when they added David Cone to the roster.

``We have had our eyes our Rick Croushore for a long time,″ Mets general manager Steve Phillips said.

Croushore began last year with Colorado, going 2-0 despite an 8.74 ERA in six games.

Demoted to the minors after getting roughed up by the Mets at Coors Field in late April, Croushore was 2-4 with a 7.36 ERA for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Croushore was traded to Boston on July 27 in a deal that also included Rolando Arrojo, Mike Lansing and Jeff Frye.

Croushore went 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in five games for the Red Sox. Overall, he walked 11 in 16 innings in the majors. He was 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA for Triple-A Pawtucket.

``He just struggled last year a little command-wise,″ Phillips said. ``I think we whacked him around in Colorado.″

``He’s got a good arm and a trick pitch, a screwball. Our view was it was a pretty reasonable trade for us for a guy who’s had success at the major league level,″ he said.

Croushore made his major league debut with St. Louis in 1998. In 1999, he made 59 relief appearances for the Cardinals, going 3-7 with three saves and a 4.14 ERA. He struck out 88 in 71 2-3 innings.

The Cardinals traded him to Colorado on Nov. 16, 1999, in a deal that sent Darryl Kile to St. Louis.

Earlier this month, the Mets got reliever Tom Martin from Cleveland.

The Mets have closer Armando Benitez, along with John Franco, Turk Wendell, Rick White and Dennis Cook, in their bullpen. Plus, some younger pitchers might join them.

Phillips said he told Martin and Croushore not to worry about all the bodies in the bullpen.

``I told them it’s a long way to spring training and opening day,″ he said.

Graham, a 22-year-old right-hander, was 10-12 with a 4.33 ERA for Class A Capital City.

In another move, the Mets signed Martin to a one-year contract worth $362,500. He was eligible for salary arbitration.

Martin, 30, was 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 games for Cleveland.

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