Padres trade Alexander to Nationals

Manny Alexander

The San Diego Padres traded infielder Manny Alexander to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named or cash and reinstated infielder Brian Myrow and right-handed pitcher Steve Watkins from the disabled list of the Triple-A Portland squad. With the success of infielder Oscar Robles, Alexander became expendable.

Manny Alexander, 36, was batting .143 (3-for-21) in seven games with the Beavers. A veteran of 20 professional seasons, Alexander batted .259 with 23 doubles, seven home runs, 28 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 113 games played for the Beavers over parts of three seasons (2005-07). The infielder has played 594 games in the major leagues with Baltimore, New York (NL), Chicago (NL), Boston, Texas and San Diego.

Brian Myrow, 30, missed the first 15 games of the season with a strained left groin. The nine-year professional joined the San Diego Padres organization as a minor league free agent on Nov. 8, 2006, after splitting the 2006 season between the Korean league and Double-A Portland in the Red Sox system.

Steve Watkins, 28, missed the first 15 games of the season with a strained left oblique and returns to the Beavers after a two-year absence. The right-hander spent the entire 2006 season with New Orleans in the Nationals system, going 7-7 with a 3.85 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 21 appearances (20 starts) with the Zephyrs. In parts of two previous seasons with Portland (2003-04), Watkins, who re-signed with the Padres as a minor league free agent on Nov. 8, 2006, is 6-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 36 appearances (6 starts).

The Beavers' active roster is now at its 24-man limit.

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