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08/30/2005 7:42 PM ET
Nationals acquire Deivi Cruz from San Fransisco
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The Washington Nationals today acquired shortstop/second baseman Deivi Cruz from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Ben Cox. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.

The 32 year-old Cruz entered Tuesday as a .269 career hitter (1096-for-4073) with 249 doubles, 70 home runs and 463 RBI in 1214 big league games spanning nine seasons with Detroit (1997-2001), San Diego (2002), Baltimore (2003), San Francisco (2004-2005) and now Washington.

Cruz, who is expected to join the Nationals in time for tomorrow's nightcap at Turner Field, was hitting .268 (56-for-209) with 10 doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI in 81 games for San Francisco this season.

In eight complete major league seasons, Cruz has averaged 30 doubles per year, including a career-high 46 for the Tigers in 2000, when he ranked third in the American League. Cruz is also known for his ability to put the ball in play. For his career, he has averaged one strikeout per 9.6 at-bats.

Cruz can play both second base (35 career games) and third base (13), but has spent the vast majority of his career as an everyday shortstop. In 1116 major league contests as a shortstop, Cruz has registered a .978 fielding percentage. Five times he has recorded at least a .980 season fielding percentage, including this year, win which he's posted a .986 fielding percentage in 16 games (15 starts) playing behind nine-time Gold Glover-winner Omar Vizquel.

Cox, 23, was Montreal's 19th-round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Lamar (Tex.) University. He was 4-4 with six saves and a 3.00 ERA (21 ER/63.0 IP) in 42 games out of the bullpen for Savannah of the Class A South Atlantic League prior to the trade.

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