|Tuesday, March 12
Expos acquire third baseman Truby for Blum
JUPITER, Fla. -- Third baseman Chris Truby was acquired by Montreal from the Houston Astros for infielder Geoff Blum on Tuesday in the first deal completed by the Expos since Major League Baseball assumed ownership of the team.
"I got the first trade out of the way and at least people can stop asking me if I've got the authority to make a trade," said Expos general manager Omar Minaya, who was appointed to the job on Feb. 12 by commissioner Bud Selig.
Truby started last season as the Astros' third baseman but hit just .206 with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .312 with 12 homers and 71 RBI in 81 games with Triple-A New Orleans.
"Our scouts have seen him and said that he looks good," Minaya said. "He's a very good defensive third baseman -- he has a good arm -- and he has the potential to hit more home runs."
Fernando Tatis, Montreal's regular third baseman, had knee surgery last season and is not expected to be ready for the beginning of the season.
Blum hit .236 with nine homers and 50 RBI last season.
He started at all four infield positions and left field in three years with the Expos, hitting .254 with 28 homers and 113 RBI in 317 career games.
"I don't know what I'm going to do now," Blum said. "Nobody's going to be asking about the contraction, or the movement, or the management. I'm going to be pretty boring in my interviews."
Major League Baseball took control of the Expos on Feb. 12 and named Minaya as general manager after Montreal's previous owner, Jeff Loria, bought the Florida Marlins and shifted the front office and manager Jeff Torborg to his new franchise.