Reds Acquire Shawn Estes From Mets
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CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Cincinnati Reds acquired another starting pitcher to try to boost their playoff run, getting left-hander Shawn Estes from the slumping New York Mets on Thursday for two minor leaguers and two players to be named.
The Reds, who already had acquired Ryan Dempster and Brian Moehler since the All-Star break, began the day in third place in the NL Central, 4 1/2 games behind St. Louis.
The Mets, meanwhile, lost their fifth straight game Thursday and fell nine games behind Los Angeles in the wild card standings.
``We’re not in quite as good a situation as we were a couple of weeks ago,″ Mets general manager Steve Phillips said. ``It allowed us to consider a broader avenue of things.″
Estes, acquired last December in a trade from San Francisco, went 4-9 with a 4.55 ERA. He will be replaced on the Mets’ roster by lefty Mike Bacsik, who will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and start Friday night against Los Angeles.
Bacsik, went 2-0 with a 4.87 ERA in three starts for the Mets earlier this season.
``We’ll see what he can do down the stretch,″ Phillips said. ``This gives us a chance to look at him.″
The Mets will pay part of the $1,524,590 remaining on Estes’ $6.2 million contract for this season. Estes is eligible for free agency after the season.
New York acquired left-hander Pedro Feliciano and outfielder Elvin Andujar from the Reds.
Feliciano, 25, was 3-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 48 games at Triple-A Louisville and Double-A Chattanooga. He will be a lefty specialist for Triple-A Norfolk.
Andujar, who was batting .286 with five homers and 20 RBIs for Billings of the rookie Pioneer League. Andujar, 21, will report to Class-A Brooklyn.