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06/09/2006 5:33 PM ET
Mets acquire Eli Marrero
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The New York Mets announced today that they have acquired catcher/first baseman/outfielder Eli Marrero from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for infielder Kazuo Matsui. The Rockies optioned Matsui to Colorado Springs (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League.

Marrero, 32, was hitting .217 (13-60) with seven runs scored, three doubles, four home runs, 10 RBI, along with 11 walks and 16 strikeouts in 30 games for the Rockies. Eli has appeared in five games (one start) behind the plate, seven contests (all starts) at first base, three games (two starts) in leftfield and three games (all starts) in rightfield this year.

The 6-1, 180-pounder split the 2005 season between with the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles, missing the final two months of the campaign with a sprained right thumb. Marrero combined to hit .181 (25-138) with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 54 contests. Eli was acquired by the Orioles on June 8th last season in exchange for minor league infielder Pete Maestrales.

Eli has hit .244 (457-1,873) with 258 runs scored, 98 doubles, 12 triples, 64 home runs, 256 RBI, 54 stolen bases with 164 walks and 357 strikeouts in 699 major league games with the Cardinals (1997-2003), Braves (2004), Royals (2005), Orioles (2005) and Rockies (2006). He has caught 344 games, appeared in 57 contests at first base, 122 in leftfield, 115 in rightfield and 54 games in centerfield.

Marrero will become the third-Cuban born player to play with the Mets this season, joining righthanded pitchers Orlando Hernandez and Alay Soler.

He batted .320 (80-250) with 37 runs scored, with 18 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 90 games with Atlanta in 2004.

Marrero established career highs in hits (104), doubles (19), home runs (18), RBI (66), stolen bases (14) and games (131) in 2002 with St. Louis.

Eli has batted .268 (153-571) vs. lefthanded pitching during his career.

Matsui, who signed a three-year contract with the Mets in December, 2003, was hitting .200 (26-130) with 10 runs scored, six doubles, one home run and seven RBI with six walks and 19 strikeouts in 38 games this season.

Kazuo, 30, batted .255 (68-267) with nine doubles, four triples, three home runs and 24 RBI in 87 contests with New York in 2005.

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