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Phils Make Minor Deal for Cartwright (no Bonanza)
Posted By Christopher Rowe On Jan 10 2011 @ 1:26 pm In Philadelphia Phillies | No Comments
The Phillies acquired minor league second baseman Albert Cartwright from the Houston Astros in exchange for left-hander Sergio Escalona, who was designated for assignment over the weekend. Escalona, 26, spent last season with Double A Reading, where he went 4-8 with a 3.81 ERA in 50 games. He had 53 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. He appeared in 14 games with the Phillies in 2009. The Phillies had 10 days to trade, release Escalona or put him on waivers as he was out of minor league options.
Cartwright, 23, split the 2010 season between Single A Lancaster and Double A Corpus Christi. He hit a combined .294 with 30 doubles, 14 triples, 10 home runs, 55 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 127 games. A 36th-round draft choice in 2007, Cartwright has hit .272 in his minor league career with 20 home runs, 112 RBI and 71 stolen bases in 284 games. Assumedly, Cartwright could compete for a utility infielder position but he would be vying with Wilson “Exxon” Valdez, who hit .258 in 111 games and 333 AB in 2010. Valdez filled in for Jimmy Rollins (59 games), Chase Utley (42 games) and Placido Polanco (7 games) and proved an excellent defensive replacement in late innings.
It would appear the exodus from Philadelphia to Houston continues as Astros GM Ed Wade continues to collect former Phillies players. Recent years have seen deals involving Brad Lidge, Roy Oswalt, Michael Bourne and J.A. Happ including a bevy of minor deals involving prospects and free agent signings. Jason Michaels, Brandon Duckworth, Billy Wagner, Eric Bruntlett, Anthony Gose, Nelson Figueroa and now Escalona and Cartwright have worn both uniforms.
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