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Cardinals Acquire DeJean From Brewers

August 23, 2003

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The St. Louis Cardinals bolstered their bullpen Friday night, getting Mike DeJean from the Milwaukee Brewers for two minor league pitchers to be named.

Less than an hour later, St. Louis acquired pitcher Sterling Hitchcock from the New York Yankees for minor league pitchers Justin Pope and Ben Julianel.

DeJean, 32, was 4-7 with a 4.87 ERA and a team-leading 18 saves in 58 games for the Brewers. He was 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 appearances since the All-Star break.

Last year, DeJean had a career-high 27 saves. For his career, he is 23-23 with a 4.27 ERA and 51 saves in 425 games with Milwaukee and the Colorado Rockies.

DeJean was napping in the trainer’s room before the Brewers’ home game against Pittsburgh when manager Ned Yost summoned him.

``I was still trying to shake the cobwebs off,″ DeJean added. ``I was still trying to wake up a little bit, but it’s a really good opportunity with the Cardinals.″

DeJean said he would fly out of Milwaukee on Saturday morning to get to St. Louis for the Cardinals’ afternoon game against Philadelphia.

DeJean will likely be used in a setup role with St. Louis, which has been lacking in left-handed relief.

He said the trade was bittersweet.

``The (Brewers’) organization treated me very well through some hard times the last 2 1/2 years,″ he said.

Gord Ash, Milwaukee’s assistant general manager, said the Brewers get to choose two among three pitchers in the Cardinals’ minor league system. He would not name them, but said they would join the Brewers’ organization no later than Sept. 15.

``It gives us an opportunity to further evaluate the players that we liked,″ he said. ``At least a couple of the kids have moved up classifications and we want one or two last looks.″

Ash said discussions with St. Louis had been ongoing for some time.

The Cardinals will pay the remainder of DeJean’s contract for this season and have a team option for 2004, Ash said. If they don’t exercise the option, Milwaukee is responsible for buying out the contract.

To fill DeJean’s roster spot, the Brewers reinstated Glendon Rusch from the 15-day disabled list. Ash said Rusch initially would pitch out of the bullpen.

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