Astros acquire RHP Villarreal from Braves

Nov 17, 2007 - 12:41 AM HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The Houston Astros bolstered their bullpen Friday, acquiring righthander Oscar Villarreal from the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Josh Anderson.

Villarreal, who turns 26 next Thursday, was 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 51 games for Atlanta last season.

A five-year veteran, Villarreal is 23-12 with one save and a 3.71 ERA in 223 career appearances for the Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks.

"Oscar Villarreal gives us another experienced, durable arm for the bullpen," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "He has the ability to pitch late in a game, throw multiple innings and pitch back-to-back days.

The 25-year-old Anderson batted .358 (24-for-67) with three doubles and 11 RBI in 21 games with the Astros in 2007. Anderson, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2003 draft, also batted .273 with 43 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 132 games for Class AAA Round Rock this past season.

"We gave up a good, young prospect in Josh Anderson," Wade said. "But with the additions of Michael Bourn and Yordany Ramirez, along with our earlier waiver claim of Reggie Abercrombie, we had the outfield depth to make this move."

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