Reds acquire OF Wladimir Balentien from Mariners
The Reds today announced the acquisition of OF Wladimir Balentien from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Robert Manuel. Balentien, 25, this season appeared in 56 games for the Mariners, including 47 appearances and 37 starts in the outfield. On July 14, 2000 he was signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent and has spent his entire professional career with that organization. Over 3 seasons Balentien has appeared in 130 games for the Mariners. Balentien is expected to join the team tomorrow or Friday and will wear uniform number 64.