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07/28/2006 10:18 PM ET
Phillies trade Bell to Milwaukee for young pitcher
Club receives Minor League pitcher Wilfrido Laureano
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Veteran third baseman David Bell was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Wilfrido Laureano, Vice President & General Manager Pat Gillick announced after tonight's game.

The 33-year-old Bell was in his fourth season with the Phillies. He is eligible for free agency after the season. He hit .278 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 91 games.

Laureano (Laur-i-ano) was 3-2 with one save and a 3.96 ERA in 29 relief appearances for Charleston, WV, in the single-A South Atlantic League. He struck out 62 batters in 63.2 innings, while allowing 54 hits and 36 walks. Opponents were hitting .218 against him.

The 6-foot-6, 170-pounder was originally signed as an amateur free agent in 2001 out of El Seybo, DR.

He pitched three seasons (2001-03) for Milwaukee's Dominican Summer League team before spending 2004 in the Arizona Rookie League. A year ago, he pitched in 14 games for Helena, MT, in the Pioneer League.

Going into 2006, Laureano was 9-5 with a 3.74 ERA in 55 games (22 starts). He had pitched 171.0 innings, allowed 160 hits, walked 72 and struck out 129.

Laureano will be assigned to the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Phillies' entry in the South Atlantic League.

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