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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Arizona Acquires Bullpen Help With Trade For Jon Rauch

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired righty reliever Jon Rauch from Washington, according to the AP, sending INF Emilio Bonifacio in exchange.
Rauch was 4-2 with 17 saves in 22 chances and a 2.98 ERA for the Nationals. He has struck out 44 and walked seven. Rauch, 29, has been filling in at closer for most of the season for injured Chad Cordero.

Bonifacio entered the season as Arizona's No. 6 prospect, according to Baseball America. The speedy 23-year-old second baseman from the Dominican Republic was recalled by the Diamondbacks on July 4, and was 2-for-12 in eight games. He hit .302 in 85 games for Triple-A Tucson, with 18 doubles, five triples, a home run, 29 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

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