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12/09/2008 6:21 PM ET
Orioles acquire three players from Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Ramon Hernandez
Ryan Freel and Minor League infielders Brandon Waring and Justin Turner traded to Baltimore
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The Orioles today announced that they have acquired INF/OF RYAN FREEL and minor league infielders BRANDON WARING and JUSTIN TURNER from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for CA RAMON HERNANDEZ and cash considerations.

Freel, 32, batted .298 (39-131) with 10 RBI in 48 games for the Reds in 2008 before undergoing season-ending surgery on July 23 to repair a torn tendon in his right hamstring. He has played all three outfield positions as well as second and third base in parts of seven seasons in the major leagues, batting .272 (515-1895) in 553 games.

A 7th-round pick out of Wofford in the 2007 First Year Player Draft, Waring, 22, has hit 40 home runs and batted .286 (203-709) in 188 games over his first two professional seasons. He hit 20 home runs last season for Single-A Dayton and was the starting third baseman for the Eastern Division at the Midwest Division All-Star game. In 2007, he hit 20 home runs in just 68 games for Rookie level Billings.

Turner, 24, was the Reds' 7th round selection out of Cal State Fullerton in the 2006 First Year Player Draft. He split the 2008 season between Single-A Sarasota and Double-A Chattanooga batting a combined .298 (124-416) in 111 games, then hit .337 (30-89) for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. He has batted .310 (351-1133) in 294 games over three professional seasons.

Hernandez, 32, hit .257 (119-463) with 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 133 games for the Orioles in 2008. He batted .264 (351-1328) with 47 home runs and 218 RBI in 383 games in three seasons for Baltimore.
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