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White Sox acquire Roberto Alomar from Mets

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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago acquired second baseman and cash considerations on Tuesday from the New York in exchange for three minor league prospects. The obtained minor league pitchers Royce Ring and Edwin Almonte along with infielder Andrew Salvo in return for the potential Hall of Fame candidate. New York began its expected youth movement, as the team is currently mired in last place in the NL East, 16 1/2 games behind front- running Atlanta. The 35-year-old Alomar is batting just .262 with two home runs and 22 runs batted in this season. He has been successful in all six of his steal attempts, but has committed six errors in 73 games. Alomar has been a big disappointment since coming to the in a trade prior to the 2002 season. He came to New York along with pitcher from the Cleveland in exchange for outfielders and Alex Escobar, pitcher and two players-to-be-named-later (pitcher and infielder Earl Snyder) on December 11, 2001. The 16-year major league veteran owns a career .302 average. He finished last year hitting only .266, with 11 home runs and 53 RBI in 149 games. Alomar has also spent some time with the San Diego , Toronto and Baltimore . He has accumulated 10 Gold Glove Awards and 12 All-Star selections. "We wish Roberto the best," general manager Jim Duquette said. "This is a chance for him to be reunited with his brother (Sandy) and I'm sure it will be an excellent situation for him. We are thrilled with the players we acquired." Alomar joins his brother, catcher , on the , who have won four of their last five games and have crept within 3 1/2 games of the AL Central division-leading Minnesota . "Roberto gives us athleticism and experience on the right side of the infield," stated Chicago general manager Ken Williams. "He is one of the best second base gloves in the history of the game and his presence will help improve our team defense."

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