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D-Backs Trade For Former World Series MVP

The Diamondbacks continued to add veteran players for the stretch run, acquiring middle infielder David Eckstein from Toronto for minor league pitcher Chad Beck.

“This is a great guy, a guy that has done everything right for us,” Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. “So you try to do the best for him and put him in a spot where he can go somewhere and play, which is what he wants to do, and have a chance to play in the playoffs.

“He’s just an absolute great, great guy, so hopefully it will work out good for him.”

Eckstein, who has played on World Series winners with Anaheim in 2002 and St. Louis in 2006, has played shortstop most of his major league career but is likely to become the starter at second base for the D-Backs, who lost Orlando Hudson last month.

Augie Ojeda and Chris Burke have been used as a second base platoon in the interim.

Eckstein, 33, batted .277 with one home run and 22 RBIs for the Blue Jays, who signed him as a free agent this season. Hs is hitting .357 in his last 12 games.

“When you play this game, you play for a world championship,” Eckstein said. “That’s the only reason why you show up. So now, going into a position where there is an opportunity for that, that’s definitely going to be the goal.”

He was the MVP of the 2006 World Series, when he hit .364 with four RBIs and three runs, and was an NL All-Star in 2005-06.

Eckstein will be a free agent after this season.

Beck has been used as a starter and reliever at low Class-A South Bend and high-A Visalia this season, going 7-5 with a 3.75 ERA.


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