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06/15/2006 5:40 PM ET
Twins trade Juan Castro to Cincinnati
Acquire Minor League outfielder Brandon Roberts from Reds
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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired minor league outfielder Brandon Roberts from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for infielder Jaun Castro.

Roberts, 21, was batting .267 (66-247) with five doubles, one triple, one homer, 15 rbi and 23 stolen bases in 60 games with the Sarasota Reds (A, Florida State League) this season.

The 6-0, 185-pounder was originally drafted by the Reds in the seventh round of the June, 2005 free agent draft. In 2005, his first professional season, Roberts batted .318 (87-274) with nine doubles, six triples, four homers, 36 rbi and 32 stolen bases, while being selected to the Pioneer League Year-End All-Star team.

Castro, 34, was batting .231 (36-156) with five doubles, two triples, one homer and 14 rbi in 50 games with the Twins this season. He has a career batting average of .230 (467- 2027) with 98 doubles, 12 triples, 31 homers and 176 rbi in 815 games. Castro was signed by the Twins as a free agent on November 23, 2004.

To replace Castro on the 25-man roster, the Twins will make a roster move prior to tomorrow night's game at Pittsburgh.

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