Angels trade Cassila for Romero

The Los Angeles Angels sent Alexi Casilla to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for lefthanded pitcher J.C. Romero.

Alexi Casilla, 21, began last season at Arkansas (Double-A, Texas League) and played in just seven games before being promoted to Salt Lake (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) on April 30. After 13 games he was transferred to Cedar Rapids (Class A, Midwest League) on May 16 where spent the remainder of the season.

He batted .325 (100-for-308) with 62 runs scored, 11 doubles, three triples, three homers, 17 RBIs and 47 stolen bases in 78 games for Cedar Rapids. He had a .392 on-base percentage and was fourth in the Midwest League in stolen bases.

Signed by the Angels as a nondrafted free agent in 2003, Casilla has a career Minor League batting average of .297 (206-for-694) with 129 runs scored, 18 doubles, 11 triples, three homers, 49 RBIs and 103 stolen bases in 189 games. He has 74 walks, but just 68 strikeouts and has a career .375 on-base percentage. In 2004, Casilla led the Arizona Rookie League in strikeouts/total plate appearances (1/18.60) and was second in stolen bases (24).

J.C. Romero, 29, was 4-3, 3.47 ERA (57.0 IP, 22 ER) allowing 50 hits with 39 walks and 48 strikeouts in 68 games last season for the Twins. Drafted by the Twins in the 21st round of the June, 1997 free agent draft, he had his best season as a Twin in 2002, when he went 9-2 with a 1.89 ERA in a career-high 81 games. Romero had a career record of 25-20, 4.35 ERA (407.2 IP, 197 ER) with two saves, allowing 395 hits with 209 walks and 336 strikeouts in 327 games, 22 starts for the Twins.

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