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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.

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."