07/28/2006 12:14 PM ET
Texas Rangers acquire two-time All-Star Carlos Lee
Club makes six-player trade with Milwaukee
ARLINGTON -- Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels announced today the club has acquired All-Star OF Carlos Lee and OF Nelson Cruz from Milwaukee in exchange for RHP Francisco Cordero, outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix and minor league pitcher Julian Cordero.
A two-time All-Star (2005 and 2006), Lee has played in 102 games in 2006 and is hitting .286 with 28 home runs and 81 RBI. He ranked among National League leaders in total bases (4th, 213), RBI (T5th, 81), and home runs (T5th, 28).
He has recorded five consecutive seasons of 25 or more home runs and is on pace for 45 home runs and 130 RBI in 2006. Last year he set career highs in both categories with 32 home runs and 114 RBI. He tied a Milwaukee franchise record this season by hitting 26 home runs before the All-Star Break. He has appeared in 275 consecutive games, which is the fifth-longest active streak in the Major Leagues.
He is a career .343 (36-105) hitter at Ameriquest Field in Arlington with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 27 career games.
Lee, who began his major league career with the White Sox in 1999, has a career average of .284 with 212 home runs and 747 RBI in 1,144 games. He was traded to Milwaukee in December of 2004.
Last season he was named the Brewers' team MVP and received the Silver Slugger award from Louisville Slugger, an award given to the best offensive player at each position in each league.
Cruz has spent the entire season at Nashville (AAA), batting .302 with 22 doubles, 20 home runs, 73 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 104 games. The 20 home runs are tied for second in the Pacific Coast League while the 73 RBI are tied for fourth in the league.
He was named Brewers' Minor League Player of the Year last season, combining to bat .289 with 27 home runs, 81 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 128 games at Huntsville (AA) and Nashville (AAA). He earned Pacific Coast League Championship Series MVP honors in 2005, recording four home runs and 11 RBI during the series.
Prior to this season he was named as the Brewers' eighth best prospect by Baseball America. He was also tabbed by the publication as having the best outfield arm among Milwaukee prospects.