Phillies add bench depth, acquire Conine from O's
BALTIMORE -- Jeff Conine was traded to Philadelphia from the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, a deal that provides the Phillies with a solid right-handed bat and veteran leadership in their drive to earn a wild-card berth.
Jeff Conine is a veteran of the Marlins' championships in 1997 and 2003 (the only years in which Conine played in the postseason). Conine's two World Series rings equal the number worn by all of his new Phillies teammates combined (one apiece for David Dellucci and the injured Aaron Rowand).
Conine has never tasted playoff elimination. Since the inception of the wild card in 1995, he's one of three players to appear in as many as six postseason series and play for the winning team in each. The others are Craig Counsell (1997 Marlins and 2001 Diamondbacks) and Chili Davis (1998-1999 Yankees). Davis played for the winner in eight of nine postseason series during his career, including two years prior to 1995 (1987 Giants and 1991 Twins).
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The Orioles sent Conine and cash to Philadelphia for a player to be named. The deal was completed during the seventh inning of Baltimore's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The trade was not announced until after the Orioles' game, and Conine found out about it when he walked off the field.
Conine drove in two runs, including the tying run in his final at-bat with the Orioles. He's hitting .265 with nine homers and 49 RBI. He's played left field this season and spent some time at first base.
Conine comes to the Phillies with two World Series rings. He earned them with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and 2003.
"I hope I can lend some experience, having been through it a couple times," Conine said. "But it's all about production on the field, helping them win."
The Orioles were hesitant to part with Conine, but were happy to see him get a chance to get another shot at reaching the postseason, given that Baltimore long ago dropped out of playoff contention.
"I think it's a good fit," said Jim Duquette, the Orioles vice president of baseball operations. "Obviously it's bittersweet for us because of what he did for the organization and the production we got out of him, especially the last couple of months.
"It's a good opportunity for him to go on at the tail end of his career. You don't have many opportunities to go on and play in the playoffs."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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