MONTREAL, July 30 -- The Montreal Expos Tuesday acquired pitcher Mark Leiter from the San Francisco Giants for pitchers Tim Scott and Kirk Rueter. The 33-year-old Leiter will join an Expos' rotation led by Jeff Fassero and Pedro J. Martinez. Leiter started the year as the Giants' No. 1 starter but has posted a disappointing 4-10 record with a 5.19 ERA in 23 games, 22 of them starts. 'He's a starter who gives you innings, he keeps the team in the games when he pitches,' said Expos General Manager Jim Beattie. 'He averages more than six innings a start, gives you some quality innings. He's got stuff that will help us win some ballgames.' Leiter has a record of 42-48 and a 4.49 ERA in 201 career games, spanning the better part of six seasons with the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, California Angels and Giants. He was originally selected by the Orioles in the fourth round of the January, 1983 draft. Leiter led the Giants in victories (10), starts (29), innings pitched (195.2), strikeouts (129) and complete games (seven) last year. The 29-year-old Scott was 3-5 with one save and a 3.11 ERA in 45 relief appearances with the Expos this year. The right-handed reliever has limited opponents to a .238 batting average. Scott will likely serve as the Giants set-up man to closer Rod Beck. The 25-year-old Rueter was 5-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 16 starts with Montreal before he was optioned to Ottawa of the International League (AAA) on July 16.
The left-hander has a career record of 25-12 in 59 games over parts of four seasons with the Expos. Rueter, who was 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA in three games at Ottawa, will report to the Giants' top minor-league affiliate in Phoenix (AAA). 'We have acquired two quality pitchers who will go a long way in fortifying our needs in both the bullpen and the starting rotation,' said Giants general manager Bob Quinn.