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Texas Rangers acquire catcher Chris Stewart from White Sox
01/12/2007 4:11 PM ET
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels announced today the club acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league pitcher Johnny Lujan. Daniels also announced that to make room on the 40-man roster for Stewart, the club has designated INF Drew Meyer for assignment.

"We're excited to add a talented, Major League ready young catcher to our group," said Daniels. "Chris has a strong reputation and we're looking forward to continuing his development"

Stewart, 24, spent the majority of the 2006 season with Triple-A Charlotte in the Chicago organization before making his major league debut with the White Sox in September.

He appeared in 89 games for Charlotte and batted .265 with four home runs and 28 RBI. He has appeared in 390 career minor league games and has batted .252 with 19 home runs and 136 RBI. He set career-highs in 2005 with Double-A Birmingham with a .286 average, 11 home runs and 51 RBI.

The 6-4, 200-pound Fontana, Cal. native was originally drafted by the White Sox in the 12th round of the 2001 June First-Year Player Draft. He was hitless in eight at-bats in his debut for the White Sox last season.

Lujan appeared in 38 games for Class A Bakersfield last year and went 1-4, 5.74 with four saves. He was originally drafted in the 15th round of the 2004 June First-Year Player Draft and has gone 7-9, 3.68 in nine saves in 83 career games.

Meyer made his Major League debut with the Rangers in 2006, appearing in five games and batting .214 (3-14). He spent the remainder of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma where he batted .228 with two home runs and 28 RBI in 95 games. He has appeared in 472 career minor league games and has hit .270 with 13 home runs, 193 RBI and 74 stolen bases.

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