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May 5, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Greg Norton now a Brave

Sorry we’re a little late with this one. With Geoff traveling home from New York, it kind of fell between the cracks. Then again, it’s not the blockbuster of the century.
Greg Norton, who was designated for assignment on April 30, along with Brad Wilkerson in the big purge that accompanied the callups of Wladimir Balentien and Jeff Clement, has been traded to the Atlanta Braves. The Mariners will recieve a player to be named or cash considerations.
It was really only a matter of time before some National League team acquired the switch-hitter, who had a .438 (7-for-16) average in six games with the Mariners after hitting .409 (9-for-22) at Tacoma. He’ll help the Braves as a pinch-hitter (with more opportunities in the NL) and spot starter.
No word yet on the status of Wilkerson. The M’s are halfway through the 10-day period in which they can trade, release, or outright him to the minors. Most likely, they will have to eat the bulk of the remainder of his $3 million contract before making a deal, or eat all of it in a release.

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