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Tampa Bay Rays: Trade With Millwaukee Lands Gabe Gross

Christopher OwenCorrespondent IApril 23, 2008

The Tampa Bay Rays yesterday finished a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Gabe Gross. In exchange, Milwaukee landed Class A Vero Beach Devil Rays' pitcher Josh Butler.

Gross, who scored the winning run in a walk-off win for the Brew Crew against St. Louis Tuesday afternoon is batting .209 on the season; he can play center or right field. His batting average may be on the rise though, his last two games saw him go 2-3 and 2-4 respectively.

He will be a good addition to the Rays lineup, with good speed and base-stealing ability. It is probable that he will provide depth to the center field position currently occupied by B.J. Upton, and will also lend to the competition for the position of right field, currently held by Nathan Haynes, but who is in competition with Jonny Gomes.

Haynes has held the position for the past few games with Gomes DH-ing, however, with the return of Cliff Floydd things could be set for change.

Gross represents the second new face in the Tampa clubhouse, with the recent addition of Dan Johnson off waivers from the Oakland A's.

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