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Giants acquire, then trade Paulino

Giants acquire, then trade Paulino

Just hours after acquiring catcher Ronny Paulino from Philadelphia, the Giants traded him to the Marlins for Minor League right-hander Hector Correa.

Earlier Friday night, the Giants engineered their long-rumored trade involving Jack Taschner, sending the left-handed reliever to the Phillies for Paulino.

Despite being traded twice in one day, Paulino lands with a Marlins team looking for a backup to John Baker. Paulino reportedly had been on the Marlins' radar since the Winter Meetings.

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Paulino, 27, hit .278 in 304 games with Pittsburgh from 2005-08 before Philadelphia obtained him in an offseason trade. Paulino, who's due to earn $423,500 this season, played in only 40 games for the Pirates last year due to a sprained right ankle, hitting .212 with two home runs and 18 RBIs. But he had his most productive year in 2007, hitting .263 with a career-high 11 homers and 55 RBIs, which matched a personal best. Paulino also owned a .282 lifetime average (11-for-39) against the Giants.

Paulino, who's listed at 6-foot-3 and 248 pounds, became expendable when Chris Coste reportedly forged ahead of him in the competition to become Philadelphia's No. 2 catcher behind Carlos Ruiz. This spring, Paulino was batting .194 with one homer, two RBIs and 12 strikeouts in 31 at-bats.

Taschner, 30, had spent his entire 10-year professional career in the San Francisco organization -- longer than anyone on the club's current 40-man roster. The Giants seemed to affirm their commitment to Taschner during the offseason by offering him salary arbitration and signing him to a one-year, $835,000 contract. Correa, 21, was a fourth-round pick of the Marlins in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. In three seasons he has an 8-10 record and 4.52 ERA (143.1 IP/72 ER) in 34 games (29 starts), going 0-1 in four starts with Class A Greensboro to finish the 2008 season.

Correa was named the No. 3 prospect in the New York-Penn League in 2007, earning all-star honors with the short-season Class A Jamestown club, going 6-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 11 starts.

By getting Taschner, the Phillies have a second left-hander in the bullpen while J.C. Romero serves his 50-game suspension.

"We're pleased to add some left-handed pitching depth to our bullpen," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "And we just felt, as we evaluated our club, that Coste was a better fit for us."

Ultimately, the Giants considered Taschner too inconsistent. Though he struck out 124 batters in 140 innings spanning 178 career appearances from 2005-08, he also walked 73 batters and recorded a 5.01 ERA. In eight Cactus League appearances this year, Taschner had no record with a 6.23 ERA, eight strikeouts and 12 walks in 8 2/3 innings.

"It's a new adventure for me and my family, and a whole new set of eyes," said Taschner, referring to the Phillies staff. "Obviously, it's going to be a big change for me. I felt comfortable with the people I was around. But it's exciting."

Taschner's name was bandied about in rumors before last year's Trade Deadline, but this time he believed the whispers were based in fact.

"This year with the things I was hearing, I kind of felt like it was more likely to happen than not," he said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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