LAKE BUENA VISTA - The Rays announced before Tuesday's game at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex that they have acquired outfielder Gabe Gross from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league hurler Josh Butler.
Gross, 28, was in the middle of the Brewers 9-8 win over the Cardinals this afternoon and was 2-4 with three runs scored to raise his season average to .209. This year he has no homers and 2-RBI in 16 games.
"We've been talking to the Brewers about him since spring training," said Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. "We feel like he's going to help us defensively and we like him batting against right hand pitching. We feel like he has the combination of patience and power from the left side."
The Maryland native broke in with the Blue Jays in 2004 and has a career .241 batting average with 20 homers and 87 ribbies in 309 big league games. He was a first round pick (15th overall) in 2001 out of Auburn.
Butler, 22, was playing for the Vero Beach Devil Rays and was 0-2 with a6.35 ERA. The graduate of the University of San Diego was the Rays second round in the 2006 Draft. He finished his career at USD with a 3.41 ERA and a 18-14 record over three years.
A roster move will be made when Gross reports, at this point the likely name would be Justin Ruggiano, however Friedman would not comment further until he sits down with manager Joe Maddon to discuss it.
"Within the context of our roster and our personnel, we feel he (Gross) can help us win games," said Friedman. "I'm not sure when he is going to report yet so we won't make a move until he is here."