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Phillies acquire Urbina from Tigers

June 8, 2005 at 5:38 PM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, June 8 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-handed closer Ugueth Urbina Wednesday in a three-player trade with the Detroit Tigers.

They also acquired infielder Ramon Martinez in exchange for infielder Placido Polanco.

The 31-year-old Urbina was the key player in the trade because Philadelphia needed an extra arm in the bullpen. Urbina, a two-time all-star, has a 1-3 record with a 2.63 ERA in 25 games. He had not allowed a run in his last 10 outings (10 innings) with six saves and 18 strikeouts in his last 15 innings.

"Urbina is a quality relief pitcher who gives us depth on a key part of our club," said Philadelphia General Manager Ed Wade. "He's pitched on a championship team and can pitch effectively in tight situations."

Detroit was 12-0 in Urbina's last 12 appearances.

Martinez, 32, can play every infield position. He is batting .268 in 19 games.

Polanco, like Martinez, is a utility player, was batting .316 in 43 games.

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