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07/31/2006 4:29 PM ET
Rockies acquire LHP Jeremy Affeldt and RHP Denny Bautista from Kansas City in exchange for INF Ryan Shealy and RHP Scott Dohmann
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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies announced that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Jeremy Affeldt and right-handed pitcher Denny Bautista from Kansas City in exchange for infielder Ryan Shealy and right-handed pitcher Scott Dohmann. Affeldt (#41) will join the Rockies, possibly as early as tonight for the club's game against Milwaukee. Bautista has been assigned to Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League.

"We have acquired two players that we feel will immediately improve our pitching depth," Rockies General Manager Dan O'Dowd said. "We have added another left-hander to the bullpen, which will give us more options in the late innings."

Affeldt, 27, has spent the entire season with the Royals, going 4-6 with a 5.91 ERA (70.0 ip, 46 er) in 27 games/9 starts. He began the year in the Kansas City rotation, but has compiled a 2.96 ERA (27.1 ip, 9 er) in 18 relief appearances since being moved to the bullpen at the beginning of June. Opponents are batting just .174 (16-for-92) in Affeldt's 18 relief outings this season.

Kansas City's third round selection in the 1997 June draft, Affeldt has spent the majority of the last five seasons (beginning 2002) in the major leagues. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound lefty is 17-22 with a 4.77 ERA in 184 games/42 starts in his major league career. He has compiled a 4.03 ERA (183.1 ip, 82 er) over 142 relief appearances in his career. From 2004-2006, Affledt has compiled a 2.45 ERA (22.0 ip, 6 er) in interleague games against National League opponents.

Bautista, 25, has gone 0-2 with a 5.66 ERA (35.0 ip, 22 er) in 8 games/7 starts for Kansas City this season, including three weeks on the disabled list with a pectoral injury. He was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on June 8 and has gone 2-5, 7.36 (44.0 ip, 36 er) in 10 starts for the O-Royals.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Bautista was originally signed by Florida as a non-drafted free agent, as this is the third time he has been traded in his career. He has gone 2-8 with a 6.55 ERA in 22 games/19 starts in his major league career, including 20 games with Kansas City. Bautista made his major league debut in 2004 with 2 relief appearances for Baltimore.

Both players will be added to the Rockies' 40-man roster, as the Rockies still have 38 players on that roster.

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