Toronto – The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired IF Troy Glaus and SS Sergio Santos from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Miguel Batista and 2B Orlando Hudson.

Troy Glaus, 29, hit .258 for Arizona in 2005 and was fifth in the National League with 37 home runs while collecting 29 doubles and 97 RBI. The 6-5, 240 lb. right-handed hitter appeared in 149 games with 84 walks, 145 strikeouts, a .363 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .522. The Tarazana, California native is a career .253 hitter with 194 doubles, 219 home runs and 612 RBI in eight seasons in the Major Leagues with Anaheim (1998-2004) and Arizona (2005). Notable achievements in his career to date include; 2002 World Series MVP, three All-Star Game selections and two Louisville Silver Slugger Awards.

Santos, 22, hit .239 for the Tucson Sidewinders of the Pacific Coast League (AAA) last season with 21 doubles, 12 home runs and 68 RBI in 132 games. The 6-2, 240 lb. native of Bellflower, California was the Diamondbacks first round selection, 27th overall, in the 2002 First Year Player Draft.

"We are very pleased to add a bona fide slugger to the middle of our lineup. Troy Glaus is one of the few players in the game capable of hitting 35 to 40 home runs in a season and he is just heading into the prime years of his career. There is however a high cost to making such a trade and today we lost some talented players and people. Orlando Hudson has proven himself as a leader on the field and off, in the clubhouse and the community. The entire organization wishes Orlando and Miguel nothing but success with the Diamondbacks." – J.P. Ricciardi, Sr. VP Baseball Operations and General Manager

Batista, 34, collected 31 saves in 39 opportunities in 2005 while posting a 5-8 record in 71 games with a 4.10 ERA. The 6-1, 197 lb. right-hander has spent the last two seasons in Toronto posting a 15-21 record with 36 saves in 109 games with 31 starts and an ERA of 4.61. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native has a career record of 57-71 with a 4.44 ERA in 363 games, 152 starts over parts of 11 seasons while pitching for Pittsburgh(1992), Florida (1996), Chicago Cubs (1997), Montreal (1998-1999), Kansas City (2000), Arizona (2001-2003) and Toronto (2004-2005).

Hudson, 28, was an American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner at second base in 2005 while batting .271 in 131 games with 25 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs and 63 RBI. The 6-0, 185 lb. switch-hitter was the Blue Jays 43rd round selection in the 1997 First Year Player Draft. The Darlington, South Carolina native is a career .270 hitter in four seasons with Toronto collecting 88 doubles, 23 triples, 35 home runs and 201 RBI.

Major League Baseball – 27 December 2005

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