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Devil Rays acquire Blum from Astros

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New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay acquired switch- hitting third baseman from the Houston in exchange for righthanded pitcher . The 30-year-old Blum hit .262 with 10 homers and a career-best 52 RBI last season, his second with the . He played at first base, second, shortstop and third, and also spent time in left field and right field, while pulling in $1.5 million in 2003.

"Geoff Blum has a chance to be our starting third baseman or get the majority of bats at third base," said general manager Chuck LaMar. "We're in the market to sign a middle infielder, but if not, Geoff could be moved to second base and then use his offensive skills there. He's a versatile player and with good make-up and adds a lot of flexibility to our club."

Originally Montreal's seventh round selection in the 1994 June Draft, Blum spent the first three years of his career with the before being traded to Houston before the 2002 campaign. He is a career .262 hitter with 48 homers and 217 RBI.

In Backe, the get a 25-year-old who went 1-1 with a 5.44 ERA in 28 appearances last season, his second in the majors. He is from Texas, as he went to high school and college in Galveston.

"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."

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