Blue Jays trade Eckstein to Arizona

    NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have traded infielder
DAVID ECKSTEIN to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league
right-handed pitcher CHAD BECK.
    BECK, 23, has posted a combined record of 8-5 with one save and an ERA of
3.67 in 32 games, 15 starts in 2008. In 112 2/3 innings, split between South
Bend of the Midwest League (A) and Visalia of the California League (A), the
Jasper, Texas native has allowed 99 hits, eight home runs and 28 walks while
striking out 108. Beck was Arizona's 14th round selection from the University
of Louisiana Lafayette in 2006. Had also been selected by the Toronto Blue
Jays in 2004 but did not sign.
    ECKSTEIN, 33, has appeared in 77 games in his first season with Toronto
and is batting .277 (72-260) with 18 doubles, one home run and 23 RBI. The
5-7, 177lb. right-handed hitting native of Sanford, Florida has started 70
games this season, 56 at shortstop, nine at designated hitter and five at
second base. In his eighth season in the Majors is a career .285 (1151-4032)
hitter with 179 doubles, 18 triples, 31 home runs and 307 RBI.

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