Thursday, May 25, 2006

Reds move Dave Williams

The Reds today acquired minor league right-hander Robert Manuel from the New York Mets in exchange for Dave Williams and cash.

Manuel, 22, will report to Single-A Dayton.

In 2005, Manual ranked among Gulf Coast League leaders in wins (8), ERA (2.06), strikeouts (49) and innings pitched (56 2/3). He combined for 54 strikeouts and just four walks in 61 2/3 innings for Brooklyn and the GCL Mets.

Williams, who was acquired from the Pirates in exchange for Sean Casey in December, went 2-3 with a 7.20 ERA in eight starts for Cincinnati. He was designated for assignment on Saturday.

It'll be interesting to watch Manual's progress, seeing as how he was indirectly acquired in exchange for the ultra-popular Casey.

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