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12/18/2003  4:09 PM ET 
Yankees trade LHP Chris Hammond to A's

The New York Yankees announced Thursday that they have traded left-handed pitcher Chris Hammond to the Oakland Athletics for two minor league prospects: right-handed pitcher Edwardo Sierra and infielder J.T. Stotts.

Sierra, 21, posted a record of 3-5 with a 2.09 ERA and a team-leading 17 saves in 51 games for the Class-A Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League (60.1IP, 46H, 23R, 14ER, 24BB, 52K). He held opposing hitters to a .204 batting average and did not allow a run in 38 of his 51 appearances. Originally signed by the A's as a non-drafted free agent in 1999, Sierra will be immediately added to the Yankees' 40-man roster.

Stotts, 23, spent time with two of Oakland's minor league affiliates in 2003. In 75 games with the Class-A Modesto A's, he batted .284 (83-for-292) with two home runs and 75 RBI before being promoted to the Double-A Midland RockHounds on July 4. In 46 games with Midland, he batted .307 (54-for-176) with 14 RBI. Stotts was selected by the A's in the third round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.

The 37-year-old Hammond was 3-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 62 relief appearances for the Yankees in 2003 (63.0IP, 65H, 23R, 20ER, 11BB, 45K). He was signed by the Yankees as a free agent on December 12, 2002, to a two-year contract with a club option for a third year.

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