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01/04/2006 7:09 PM ET
Rangers finalize six-player trade with San Diego
Pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka plus Minor Leaguer officially join Texas organization
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Arlington, Texas -- Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels announced today the club has finalized a six-player trade with San Diego in which the Rangers have acquired pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka plus minor league catcher Billy Killian in exchange for pitcher Chris Young, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Terrmel Sledge.

Eaton was 11-5, 4.27 for the Padres in 2005 which included a career-high eight-game winning streak from April 21-June 9. In each of the last two seasons he has won a career-high 11 games. He missed a portion of 2005 with two stints on the disabled list due to a strained right middle finger. He has a career record of 47-41, 4.34 in 133 games (131 starts) in parts of six major league seasons (all with San Diego).

Otsuka has spent the past two seasons with San Diego after pitching in Japan for seven seasons. He has appeared in 139 games in the major leagues and is 9-10, 2.57 with three saves. Last season he was 2-8, 3.59 with one save in 66 appearances. He ranks second in holds in the major leagues over the last two seasons with 56 (Tom Gordon, 69).

In eight games against American League teams in 2005 he posted a 1.13 ERA and held A.L. hitters to a .143 average while striking out 13 in 8.0 innings. He has been named to Japan's World Baseball Classic team for the tournament in March.

Killian, 19, split the 2005 season between Eugene in the Northwest League and the Arizona League Padres, combining to bat .263 (40-152) with 8 doubles and 14 RBI in 46 games. The left-handed hitting catcher was originally selected by the Padres in the third round of the 2004 June draft and has batted .245 (72-294) in 89 games over two professional seasons.

Young was 12-7, 4.26 for Texas last year and his 12 wins matched a Texas rookie record for wins. He ranked among qualifying major league rookies in strikeouts (2nd, 137), wins (T3rd, 12), ERA (4th, 4.26), starts (5th, 31) and innings pitched (5th, 164.2).

Gonzalez batted .227 with 7 doubles, 6 home runs and 17 RBI in 43 games in 3 stints with Texas in 2005. He spent the rest of the season at Oklahoma and batted .338 with 18 home runs and 65 RBI in 84 games.

Sledge, 28, acquired by the Rangers December 13, 2005 as part of a four-player trade with Washington, has batted .267 with 16 home runs and 70 RBI over 153 games in two major league seasons with Montreal/Washington.

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