Just saw this come in tonight and it looks like a first: An MLBlogger has been traded. For all those who enjoyed David Dellucci’s Catch 22 for Blue blog mostly around the holidays to raise funds for hurricane relief, here is the Rangers’ announcement:
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels announced tonight the club has traded outfielder David Dellucci to the Philadelphia Phillies for RHP Robinson Tejeda and outfielder Jake Blalock.
Tejeda, 24, went 4-3 with a 3.57 ERA (34 ER/85.2 IP) in 26 games/13 starts last season with the Phillies. In his 13 starts, he went 3-3 with a 2.87 ERA (22 ER/69.0 IP). He also went 2-0, 2.22 (7 ER/28.1 IP) in five starts with at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre before making his major league debut on May 10, 2005 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. In five spring training games, he was 0-0, 6.14 (5 ER/7.1 IP). He also made a pair of relief appearances for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, going 0-0, 6.75 (1 ER/1.1 IP).
Blalock, 22, is the younger brother of Ranger third baseman Hank Blalock. The outfielder spent the entire 2005 season at Single-A Clearwater, hitting .279 (140-502) with 22 doubles, 11 home runs and 65 RBI. Drafted in the fifth round in 2002, Blalock is a career .268 (366-1368) hitter with 33 home runs in 362 minor league games.
Dellucci, 32, played in 235 games over the last two seasons with the Rangers, combining to hit .247 (189-766) with 46 home runs and 126 RBI. In 19 spring training games, Dellucci was hitting .300 (15-50) with five home runs and 10 RBI.
Meanwhile, Rangers outfielder Kevin Mench is the latest entry on The Player Blog.