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December 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Mariners acquire infielder Brendan Ryan from St. Louis

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Seattle just acquired infielder Brendan Ryan from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league right-hander Maikel Cleto.
“In acquiring Brendan Ryan we have added a player who is athletic, has played multiple positions, has been an everyday Major League shortstop, and is playoff tested,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said in a release. “We look forward to Brendon’s contributions as well as him competing for a starting position.”
Ryan appeared in 139 games for the Cards last season, hitting .223 with 19 doubles, three triples and two homers.
Sounds like a guy who can be shortstop insurance for Jack Wilson, as well as a temporary second baseman until Dustin Ackley is ready.
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Ryan, 28, hit .292 in 2009 and has a .259 career batting average over four major league seasons, while playing solid defense.
Cleto, 21, went 4-9 with a 6.16 ERA in 23 games for Class A High Desert last season. He was one of the players acquired in the J.J. Putz deal two years ago. The Mariners added him to their 40-man roster a few weeks back.

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