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12/08/2005 1:39 PM ET
Yankees acquire INF Kevin Howard and OF Benjamin Himes from Cincinnati Reds for INF/OF Tony Womack
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Tony Womack was sent to the Cincinnati Reds for minor leaguers Kevin Howard and Benjamin Himes. (Ben Margot/AP)
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The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired infielder Kevin Howard and outfielder Benjamin Himes from the Cincinnati Reds for infielder/outfielder Tony Womack and cash considerations.

Howard, 24, led the Arizona Fall League with a .409 batting average this season (36-for-88) and ranked second among all AFL hitters with a .475 on-base percentage and tied for second with 36 hits. He batted .296 (142-for-479) in 129 games with Double-A Chatanooga in 2005, leading his team in at-bats (479), hits (142) and RBI (70). His .296 batting average ranked 10th among all Reds' minor-leaguers in 2005. Originally selected by Cincinnati in the fifth round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Howard owns a .289 career batting average across his three professional seasons played thus far (.285 with Class-A Dayton in 2003, .286 with Class-A Potomac in 2004 and .296 with Double-A Chattanooga in 2005).

Himes, 24, ranked eighth among all Reds' prospects with a combined .300 batting average in 98 games for Class-A Sarasota and Class-A Dayton in 2005. With Sarasota, he posted a team-best .533 slugging percentage while batting .320 (78-for-244) with nine home runs and 53 RBI in 71 games played. In 27 games with Dayton, Himes batted .255 (27-for-106) with two home runs and 18 RBI. He was originally selected by the Reds in the ninth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

Womack, 36, batted .249 (82-for-329) in 108 games for the Yankees in 2005 (22 starts at second base, 38 in left field, 17 in center field and three in right field). He tied for seventh in the American League with 27 stolen bases.

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