Padres will also get Sweeney, cash

Originally Published: January 5, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider

Jeff Cirillo, a bust for the past two years in Seattle, is about to join the San Diego Padres.

The Padres will acquire Cirillo, pitcher Brian Sweeney and cash Tuesday in a trade for catcher Wiki Gonzalez, pitcher Kevin Jarvis, infielder Dave Hansen and a minor leaguer, said a source familiar with the deal. The teams must first receive approval from the commissioner's office because the Padres are getting more than $1 million in cash from Seattle.

Cirillo, a two-time All-Star, has two years remaining on a four-year, $29 million contract. He hit .249 in 2002 after Seattle acquired him from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for pitchers Jose Paniagua, Denny Stark and Brian Fuentes. Last year he hit .205 in 87 games for the Mariners.

Seattle tried to send Cirillo to the New York Mets for outfielder Roger Cedeno two weeks ago. But Cirillo rejected the trade, saying he'd rather come off the bench in Seattle than be a backup in New York. In San Diego, Cirillo will be a backup to Sean Burroughs.

Cirillo will make $6.7 million in 2004 and $7 million in 2005. Jarvis is under contract for $4.25 million next season. But the Padres will receive enough money from the Mariners to make the deal a wash financially, the source said.

Gonzalez became expendable when the Padres acquired catcher Ramon Hernandez in a trade with Oakland. Jarvis went 12-11 for San Diego in 2001 to earn himself a three-year, $9 million contract, but went 6-12 for the Padres over the last two seasons.

The Padres have been active this offseason, signing left-hander David Wells away from the New York Yankees. San Diego also signed starting pitchers in Sterling Hitchcock and Ismael Valdes.

The Mariners get Jarvis, a 34-year-old right-hander who went 4-8 with a 5.87 ERA in 16 starts last year. His best season was 2001, when he went 12-11.

Hansen has long been one of the best pinch-hitters during his 13-year career. A .265 career hitter, he batted .244 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 135 at-bats with San Diego last year.

Gonzalez hit .200 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 65 at-bats before being sent to Triple-A Portland in May.

Jerry Crasnick is a regular contributor to ESPN Insider. He can be reached via e-mail.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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