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Brewers get Estrada from D-Backs in six-player swap

PHOENIX -- The Milwaukee Brewers acquired catcher Johnny Estrada from the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-hander
Doug Davis in a six-player deal between the teams on Saturday.

Right-handers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas also went to
Milwaukee, while the Diamondbacks obtained a pair of youngsters,
left-hander Dana Eveland and outfielder Dave Krynzel.

The 31-year-old Davis is 62-63 with a 4.35 ERA in eight major
league seasons. He was 11-11 with a 4.91 ERA in 34 starts last
season with Milwaukee and, like Estrada, is arbitration eligible.

The 30-year-old Estrada hit .301 with 11 home runs and 71 RBI
during his only season with Arizona. The switch-hitting former
All-Star had the sixth-best batting average among NL catchers.

Starting pitching behind NL Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb
was a major weakness for the Diamondbacks last season. Davis, who
has thrown at least 200 innings in each of the last three seasons,
joins Webb and Livan Hernandez in Arizona's projected rotation for
next year.

"With the addition of Doug we have three perennial 200-inning
guys who more often than not are lower ERA guys," Diamondbacks
general manager Josh Byrnes said. "I think our rotation is really
stabilized at the top and we have some good intriguing younger
pitchers to battle for the other two spots."

Estrada was acquired by the Diamondbacks in a trade with Atlanta
a year ago. Despite his success at the plate, he was unhappy in
Arizona and made it clear late in the season he would prefer to
move on.

Greg Aquino Aquino

Claudio Vargas Vargas

"It's great to have another 200 innings guy to go along with
Webb and Livan Hernandez," said Arizona manager Bob Melvin. "In
addition, it's nice to have a quality left-handed starter, a
variable we didn't have last year."

Estrada made the NL All-Star team with the Braves in 2004, when
he hit .314 with 76 RBI. He was limited to 105 games in 2005 after
a collision at home plate with Darin Erstad of the Los Angeles
Angels.

The Diamondbacks believe minor league catcher Miguel Montero is
ready for the majors, and Chris Snyder is coming off a solid season
as Estrada's backup.

The Brewers, meanwhile, like what Estrada brings to their
lineup.

"Estrada has been a very good offensive catcher during his
career," Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said. "His ability
to switch hit, and his high contact-low strikeout approach is
something that the Brewers offense has been missing."

The hard-throwing Aquino played parts of the last three seasons
with the Diamondbacks, going 2-3 with a 4.93 ERA in 111 relief
appearance. As a rookie in 2004, he had 16 saves.

Dana Eveland Eveland

Dave Krynzel Krynzel

Vargas resurrected his career after being waived by the
Washington Nationals during the 2004 season. He was 21-16 with a
4.82 ERA in 52 appearances, 49 starts, for the Diamondbacks. Last
season, Vargas was 12-10 with a 4.92 ERA.

Eveland is 1-4 with a 6.98 ERA in 36 major league games. He
spent most of last season with Triple-A Nashville, going 6-5 with a
2.74 ERA in 20 games, 19 of them starts.

Krynzel has a .188 average in 21 big league games. Last year in
Nashville, he hit .231 with seven homers, 40 RBI and 23 stolen
bases. He was Brewers' first-round pick, 11th overall, in the 2000
draft.