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07/19/2006 4:35 PM ET
Mets acquire minor leaguer infielder Ruben Gotay from Kansas City
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The New York Mets today acquired minor league infielder Ruben Gotay from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league infielder Jeff Keppinger. Gotay will be assigned to Norfolk (AAA) of the International League while Keppinger will join Omaha (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League.

Gotay, 23, was batting .264 (89-337) with 45 runs scored, 16 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 43 RBI, seven stolen bases with 26 walks and 67 strikeouts in 87 games this season with Omaha (AAA).

Ruben appeared in 86 contests at second base with the Royals in 2005. The 5-11, 190-pound switch-hitter batted .227 (64-282) with 32 runs scored, 14 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 29 RBI, two stolen bases with 22 walks and 51 strikeouts. He also hit .245 (27-110) with eight doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI in 28 contests with Wichita (AA) of the Texas League last year.

In 130 major league games, Gotay is batting .242 (105-434) with 49 runs scored, 21 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 45 RBI, two stolen bases with 31 walks and 87 strikeouts.

Gotay's father, Ruben, played in the minor leagues while his uncle, Julio, had a 10-year career with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, California and Houston from 1960-1969.

Keppinger, 26, batted .299 (96-321) with 36 runs scored, 13 doubles, two home runs, 26 RBI with 28 walks and 21 strikeouts in 86 contests with the Tides this year.

In 2004, Jeff played in 33 games with the Mets, hitting .284 (33-116) with nine runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, nine RBI, with six walks and seven strikeouts.

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