Villone dealt to Yanks for Minor Leaguer

Villone dealt to Yanks for Minor Leaguer

MIAMI -- Continuing to cut costs, the Marlins traded veteran left-handed reliever Ron Villone to the Yankees for Minor League pitcher Ben Julianelon on Friday.

Villone, who will turn 36 in January, was obtained by the Marlins on July 31 from the Mariners. In his short tenure with the Marlins, the left-hander was 3-2 with a 6.85 ERA in 27 appearances.

Villone is under contract for $2 million in 2006.

Prior to being traded to the Marlins for pitching prospects, Villone was 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 52 games for Seattle.

Julianel, 26, is a 6-foot-2, 184-pound left-hander who pitched for Double-A Trenton last season. A reliever, Julianel appeared in 46 games and was 5-3 with a 3.90 ERA, including one save. In 87 2/3 innings, he struck out 106 and walked 50.

"At least I get to go to a place where I have a pretty decent chance to win," said Villone, a New Jersey native.

Because Villone was obtained by the Marlins in the middle of a multi-year contract, he had the option to request a trade. However, he didn't do so because he wanted to remain with the Marlins. But with the team dramatically cutting payroll, he became the latest veteran to be dealt.

Villone leaves Florida with nothing but good memories. He spoke to general manager Larry Beinfest and team owner Jeffrey Loria on Friday.

"I am glad that Larry and Mr. Loria gave me a chance to go to a team that has a chance to win," Villone said. "All you can ask for as a player is being given a chance to win. They told me they were appreciative of me, and I'm nothing but appreciative to them."

The Marlins are in a difficult financial situation because plans to build a stadium in downtown Miami fell through. The team is seeking relocation options, but Villone is hoping the team remains in South Florida.

"I hope they get a stadium, I really do," he said. "I don't want to see them move."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.