Astros pick up Hawkins in trade with Yankees

July 30, 2008 5:51:18 PM PDT
The New York Yankees traded reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Houston Astros on Wednesday for minor league infielder Matt Cusick. Hawkins was 1-1 with a 5.71 ERA in 33 appearances this season for the Yankees, who designated him for assignment Saturday after acquiring outfielder Xavier Nady and reliever Damaso Marte in a trade with Pittsburgh.

New York also sent cash to the Astros as part of the deal. Hawkins signed a $3.75 million, one-year contract with the Yankees last offseason.

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