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07/31/2006 3:46 PM ET
Padres acquire infielder Todd Walker in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Jose Ceda
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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres today acquired infielder Todd Walker from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Jose Ceda. Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers made the announcement.

Walker, 33, is batting .277 (88-for-318) with 16 doubles, six home runs and 40 RBI in 94 games for the Cubs this season. He leads the Cubs with 38 walks in 2006 and has compiled 25 multi-hit games.

Over parts of 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins (1996-2000), Colorado Rockies (2000-01), Cincinnati Reds (2001-02), Boston Red Sox (2003) and Cubs (2004-06), Walker has a career average of .289 (1268-for-4382) with 277 doubles, 104 home runs, 528 RBI and 624 runs scored in 1,226 games.

Ceda, 19, appeared in eight games (four starts) for the Arizona League Padres (Rookie), going 2-0 with a 5.09 ERA (13 ER/23.0 IP) and 31 strikeouts. Signed as a non-drafted free agent on November 1, 2004, Ceda is 6-2 with a 2.49 ERA (23 ER/83.0 IP) and 114 strikeouts over parts of two minor league seasons in the Padres organization.

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