December 13, 2003
(New Orleans-AP) -- The Saint Louis Cardinals traded outfielder JD Drew and Eli Marrero to the Atlanta Braves today for Jason Marquis, Ray King and Adam Wainright.
Drew replaces Gary Sheffield, who became a free agent and for weeks has been close to agreement with the New York Yankees. The trade was the first one announced at the baseball winter meetings. The 28-year-old Drew hit point-289 last season with 15 homers and 42 RBIs for the Cardinals in just 100 games.
Braves manager Bobby Cox says Drew has been, "touted with all kinds of talent through the years," but he's unfortunately had injuries.
The 30-year-old Marrero batted point-224 with two homers and 20 RBIs in just 107 at-bats. Marquis, a 25-year-old right-hander, never lived up to his potential as another in the Braves' line of top pitchers.
He was 0-0 with a 5.53 ERA in two starts and 19 relief appearances. King, a 29-year-old left-hander, was 3-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 80 relief appearances. Wainwright, a 22-year-old righty, was 10-8 with a 3.37 ERA in 27 starts for Double-A Greenville last season.
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