Devil Rays acquire Blum from Astros
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"Geoff Blum has a chance to be our starting third baseman or get the majority of bats at third base," said
Originally Montreal's seventh round selection in the 1994 June Draft, Blum spent the first three years of his career with the
In Backe, the
"This helps with the flexibility in our payroll," said Houston general manager Gerry Hunsicker. "The other issue was we were trying to create some additional depth in our bullpen. We think Backe is an emerging pitcher that is going to contribute for us."