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Giants acquire Ricky Ledee and minor leaguer for Felix Rodriguez
07/30/2004 9:34 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO -- Adding a left-handed bat to their roster, the Giants have acquired outfielder Ricky Ledee and minor league right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Felix Rodriguez, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced prior to this evening's contest vs. St. Louis.

Ledee, a 30-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder, hit .285 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 26 RBI in 73 games for the Phillies. The 6-1, 216-pound Ponce, Puerto Rico native went 3-for-5 with two doubles in Philadelphia's 10-7 defeat at Chicago this afternoon. The seven-year Major League veteran has been proficient hitting against right-handed pitchers this season, posting a .288 mark (32-for-111) with six home runs and 23 RBI. In 22 starts this year, he's hitting .333 (26-for-78) with five home runs and 17 RBI. Ledee also ranks among the top pinch hitters in the majors, tying for eighth in hits (nine) and fourth in RBI (nine).

Originally a 16th round draft choice by the New York Yankees in 1990, he owns a .295 lifetime post season batting average (13-for-44) over 16 games in 1998-99. Ledee hit .600 in the Yankees' 1998 4-game World Series sweep of the San Diego Padres for the third highest average for a player participating in all games of the Fall Classic and best ever by a rookie. The 30-year-old has seen big league action with the Yankees (1998-2000), Cleveland (2000), Texas (2000-01) and Philadelphia (2002-04).

Simon, a 23-year old right-hander, has fashioned a 23-13 lifetime minor league ledger with a 3.35 ERA (131er, 352.0ip) in 64 games (53 starts) over six campaigns. The 6-4, 170-pound hurler is 7-9 with a 3.27 ERA (49er, 134.2ip) in 21 games (20 starts) for single-A Clearwater. The Dominican Republic native was named the Phillies' sixth-best prospect by Baseball America following last season. He has also limited opponents to a .231 lifetime batting average (300-for-1,298).

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