Blue Jays acquire INF Pennington from Diamondbacks
NEW YORK (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays boosted their infield depth, acquiring Cliff Pennington and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a minor leaguer on Saturday.
The playoff-contending Blue Jays sent shortstop Dawel Lugo to Arizona. The trade was announced during Toronto's 6-0 win at Yankee Stadium.
The 31-year-old Pennington hit .237 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 72 games for Arizona. The switch-hitter has started at shortstop, second base, third base and left field this season.
Pennington is a career .248 hitter with 80 stolen bases in eight seasons with Oakland and the Diamondbacks.
''A good, solid utility player,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Gibbons said he wasn't sure when Pennington would report to the Blue Jays.
The 20-year-old Lugo hit a combined .257 with 44 RBIs in two low levels of the minors this year.
It was the Diamondbacks' second trade with a contender in less than 24 hours.
On Friday night, Arizona announced it had sent left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to the Houston Astros for 19-year-old lefty Junior Garcia, who has been pitching in the low minors.
To fill Pennington's roster spot, the Diamondbacks selected infielder-outfielder Jamie Romak from Triple-A Reno.