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Tampa Bay Rays acquire pitcher from Indians for Winston Abreu

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired right-handed relief pitcher John Meloan from
the Cleveland Indians in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Winston Abreu.

Abreu, designated for assignment last Friday to make room for RHP Chad Bradford, was out of options, so the Rays had 10 days to release, trade or pass him through waivers.

Meloan (ma-LONE) has been added to the Rays 40-man roster, bringing the roster to its full capacity. He will report to Durham (AAA). Meloan, who turns 25 on July 11, has spent the entire 2009 season with Columbus (AAA).

He went 0-0 for the Clippers with a 5.52 ERA (44.0-IP, 52-H, 27-ER, 17-BB, 37-SO) in 25 appearances (two starts). He haspitched a total of seven games in the major leagues, appearing in two games for the Indians in 2008 and five games in 2007 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over parts of five minor league seasons, he is 15-16 with 22 saves, a 3.75 ERA (321.1-IP, 134-ER) and 384 strikeouts, an average of 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Abreu, 32, was designated for assignment on June 27 after making two appearances for the Rays. The Rays
selected him from Durham on June 14 after he compiled a 3-0 record, 10 saves and a 1.41 ERA (32.0-IP,
14-H, 5-R/ER, 10-BB, 49-SO) for the Bulls. Abreu was a non-roster invite this spring for the Rays.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:48am]


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