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Earlier trades finalized

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

 

NEW ORLEANS -- Two minor leaguers were obtained by the Marlins on Monday afternoon, completing the player to be named portions of recent trades.

Right-handed pitcher Mike Nannini was acquired from the Cubs, and outfielder Travis Ezi joins the Marlins from the Dodgers.

 

 

 

 

Nannini, 10-9 with a 3.62 ERA while with Double-A West Tennessee in the Southern League, finalizes the trade that sent Gold Glove first baseman Derrek Lee to the Cubs for first baseman Hee Seop Choi.

 

A reliever, Nannini will likely open the season at Triple-A Albuquerque.

 

"He pitched tremendously in the Southern League," Marlins general manager Admin Beinfest said. "We see him coming out of the bullpen."

 

Ezi, who hit .259 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs at Class A South Georgia, was in the Dodgers organization. The 6-foot, 175-pounder is the player to be named in the trade that sent Juan Encarnacion to the Dodgers.

 

"Ezi will be one of the fastest players in our organization," Beinfest said.

 

Projections have Ezi going to Class-A Jupiter in 2004.

 

A center fielder, Ezi has played in 302 career minor league games, posting a .253 average with 26 doubles, 15 triples, 12 home runs, 105 RBIs and 79 stolen bases.

 

Cutting down on strikeouts is an issue. But the 22-year-old fits the organization's model of speedy center fielders. Eric Reed, another burner, spent last season in Jupiter and is slated to move up to Double-A.

 

Someday Reed could be in line to replace Juan Pierre.

 

Nanni was drafted by the Astros in the 37th round in 1998. In 2001, the 23-year-old won 15 games.

 

Ezi, 22, was a 12th-round pick of hte Dodgers in 2000.

 

Joe Frisaro 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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