SEATTLE, WA -- Everyday Eddie is back with Minnesota.
Eddie Guardado was acquired by the Twins today in a trade with
the Texas Rangers for a minor league pitcher. The 37-year-old
Guardado was 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 49 1-3 innings for Texas, which
recently made him its closer after an injury to C.J. Wilson.
Opponents are batting .220 against the left-hander this season.
Guardado has 187 career saves, 116 with Minnesota, where he
played from 1993-03 and earned his nickname for the number of
innings he logged.
To make room for Guardado, the Twins designated third baseman
Mike Lamb for release or assignment before today's game at Seattle.
To take Guardado's place, the Rangers purchased the contract of
left-hander Bill White from Triple-A Oklahoma. White was expected
to join the team and be available in the bullpen for today's game
at Kansas City.
Right-hander Frank Francisco was expected to move into the
Minnesota sent 21-year-old right-hander Mark Hamburger to the
Rangers, who will assign him to their Class-A club in Clinton,
Texas also recalled outfielder Nelson Cruz from Triple-A
Oklahoma and designated outfielder Jason Ellison for assignment.