Braves deal Colon to Tigers for setup man Farnsworth

Updated: July 31, 2005, 9:48 PM ET
Associated Press

Detroit Tigers -- Atlanta Braves: The Tigers traded pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to the Braves for pitchers Roman Colon and Zach Minor.

Farnsworth, 29, was 1-1 with six saves and a 2.32 ERA for Detroit and will serve as a setup man for Braves closer Chris Reitsma.

"At least it's Atlanta, my hometown," Farnsworth said. "I'm excited about that. I've always wanted to play for them. I hate leaving here. At least I'm going to Atlanta. They're in first place and contention."

The Braves needed another reliever after Jay Powell was lost to a season-ending arm injury Friday night. Also, Dan Kolb has had a disappointing season, losing his job as closer and pitching inconsistently in a setup role.

Colon, 25, was recalled from Triple-A Richmond on Saturday after Powell's injury. Colon was 1-5 with a 5.28 ERA in 23 games, including four starts, for Atlanta. He also appeared in 18 games for Atlanta in 2004, posting a 2-1 record and 3.32 ERA.

"You can't be surprised; this happens in this game," Colon said as he sat at his locker following Sunday's game. "They don't sign you to spend all your career with one team, but I know almost everybody in here. I've played my whole career with the Braves organization."

Miner, a fourth-round pick in the 2000 draft, is 2-7 with a 4.23 ERA as a starter for Richmond.

Seattle Mariners -- Florida Marlins: The Mariners traded left-hander Ron Villone to the Marlins in exchange for two minor-league pitchers.

Seattle obtained right-handers Yorman Bazardo and Mike Flannery in the deal.

"Our focus all week has been to get our hands on as many quality young pitchers as we could," Seattle general manager Bill Bavasi said. "This is another deal that helps us towards that goal and we are excited to add these two arms to our organization. We are sorry to see Ron go but know this will allow Ron to be a part of a pennant race this season."

Villone was 2-3 with one save and a 2.45 ERA in 52 appearances this season with the Mariners. Florida will be the 35-year-old Villone's ninth team in 11 major league seasons.

Bazardo, 21, was 8-6 with a 3.79 ERA in 18 starts for Florida's Double-A affiliate in Carolina this season. Flannery, 23, was 2-3 with 13 saves and a 3.21 ERA in 45 appearances between Carolina and Triple-A Albuquerque this year.

To make room for Villone, who is expected to join the team in St. Louis on Monday, the Marlins optioned reliever John Riedling to Albuquerque.

Chicago White Sox -- San Diego Padres: The White Sox, looking to strengthen their infield depth and add a reliable backup for third baseman Joe Crede, acquired Geoff Blum from the Padres for minor-league pitcher Ryan Meaux.

Blum, 32, batted .241 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 78 games with the Padres this season. The switch-hitting Blum has played second base, third base, shortstop, first base and the outfield.

"Geoff is a very versatile player who is comfortable at a number of positions on the field," White Sox general manager Ken Williams said in a statement. "With his ability to hit from either side of the plate, Geoff also gives [manager] Ozzie Guillen additional options in making out his lineup and managing the game."

Guillen, speaking Sunday before the White Sox faced the Orioles on the road, said, "He will help me around the infield, first, third, short and second. He's going to be in the lineup a lot. I don't know how much, but a lot."

Guillen said Blum would enable him to give an occasional day off to second baseman Tadahito Iguchi, Crede and first baseman Paul Konerko.

Blum is a career .253 hitter with 61 home runs and 274 RBI in 760 games with Montreal, Houston, Tampa Bay and San Diego. He will join the White Sox, who have the best record in the majors, for the finale of a four-game series in Baltimore on Monday.

Meaux, 26, was 6-2 with three saves and a 2.96 ERA in 38 games with Double-A Birmingham. Meaux, acquired from San Francisco in 2002, has struck out 64 while walking just 18 this season.

Before facing the Orioles on Sunday, the White Sox optioned infielders Ross Gload and Willie Harris to Triple-A Charlotte and recalled right-hander Jon Adkins from the same club. The move leaves room for Blum on the 25-man roster.

Adkins spent the entire 2004 season in the Chicago bullpen but has yet to play for the White Sox this year. He was 4-9 with a 5.58 ERA in 21 starts with Charlotte.

New York Yankees -- Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks acquired veteran left-handed reliever Buddy Groom from the Yankees for a player to be named or cash.

Groom, 40, was designated for assignment by New York on Saturday when the Yankees signed Alan Embree.

Groom, who criticized Yankees manager Joe Torre for the way he was used, was 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 24 appearances this season.

"They met the price I had on the table. It was an easy call for me to make," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

Arizona moved into first place in the weak NL West on Sunday after beating the Cubs 13-6 while the Padres lost 7-1 to Cincinnati.

"He's a left-hander we've been looking for," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "We actually talked about him during spring training and couldn't pry him away from the Yankees. They're making a lot of moves right now and this one I guess they felt they could do. He's got a nice cutter against righties and he's a guy who can pitch multiple innings."

Groom has a 31-31 career record with a 4.64 ERA in 763 big-league games, including 15 starts.


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