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Next! Another trade for bullpen help

By Ron Published: July 2, 2009

The Indians acquired Winston Abreu from the Tampa Bay Rays today for a minor-league pitcher and cash. Abreu, who will wear No. 36, will be added to the roster in the next few days. The Indians sent right-hander John Meloan to the Rays. Abreu, 32, whom the Rays signed to a non-roster invitation to spring training on Feb. 4, has spent most of the 2009 season at Triple-A Durham, where he went 3-0 with 10 saves and a 1.41 ERA. He walked 10 and struck out 49 in 32 innings in 23 appearances. Abreu, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound right-hander, spent the 2008 season pitching for the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Pacific League. Meloan was 0-0 with a save and a 5.52 ERA at Triple-A Columbus. In the past week, the Indians have added Chris Perez and Jose Veras in trades to bolster what has been a weak bullpen.

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