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07/26/2006 5:32 PM ET
Indians and Mariners complete trade
1B Ben Broussard and cash sent to Seattle; Indians receive OF Shin-Soo Choo and a PTBNL from the Mariners
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has acquired OF SHIN-SOO CHOO and a player to be named from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for 1B BEN BROUSSARD and cash.

Choo, 24, a 5-11, 210-pound left-handed hitting outfielder has spent the majority of the 2006 season at AAA Tacoma where he has hit .323 (121-375) with 21 doubles, 3 triples, 13 HR and 48 RBI in 94 games and represented the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star team. He has also scored 71 runs and has stolen 26 bases in 30 attempts. Choo has appeared in 51 games in left field, 30 games in right field, 12 games in centerfield and 1 game at DH for the Rainiers. He currently ranks 9th in the PCL in average (.323), is 2nd in hits (121), 2nd in stolen bases (26) and 5th in runs scored (70). He is hitting .361 (106-294) vs. RHP with 13HR & 43 RBI at Tacoma. He also appeared in 4 games with the Mariners from July 3-13 batting .091 (1-11) with a double after being recalled on July 3. Prior to the season he was named the 7th best prospect in the Mariners organization by Baseball America.

In 2005, he batted .282 (121-429) with 73 runs, 21 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 115 games at AAA Tacoma. He also appeared in 10 games over two stints with the Mariners (1-18, .056). The native of Pusan, Korea was signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent in August of 2000 and appeared in the Major League Baseball Futures game in each of 3 seasons from 2003-2005 as a member of the World Team. In 2004 he was named the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year as he batted .315 with 15 HR and 84 RBI in 132 games at AA San Antonio. He owns a career Minor League average of .299 (728-2404) with 59 home runs and 336 RBI in 6 minor league seasons.

Broussard batted .321 (86-268) with 44 runs scored, 14 doubles, 13HR and 46 RBI in 88 games with the Indians.

Choo will report to Cleveland and be in uniform on Friday night when the Indians take on the Mariners.

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