CINCINNATI, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Reds, still searching for a starting pitcher to bolster their rotation, Thursday acquired lefthander Shawn Estes from the New York Mets for a pair of minor leaguers and two players to be named.
Estes is the third pitcher acquired in the last month by the Reds, who went into Thursday's action trailing the St. Louis Cardinals by 4 1/2 games in the National League Central Division and the Los Angeles Dodgers by five games in the wild card race.
To get Estes, who was a disappointment in his first season in New York, the Reds sent lefthander Pedro Feliciano and outfielder Elvin Andujar to the Mets.
Acquired from the San Francisco Giants in the offseason, Estes was just 4-9 with a 4.55 ERA in 23 starts for New York and is eligible for free agency at the end of the season. However, recently he has been a victim of poor support as the Mets scored just 16 runs in his last five starts. During that span, Estes was 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA.
Feliciano, 25, split the season between Class AAA Louisville of the International League and Class AA Chattanooga of the Southern League, going a combined 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA and four saves in 48 relief appearances.
Andujar, 21, batted .286 with five homers and 20 RBI in 40 games for Billings of the rookie Pioneer League.