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July 17, 2003

Anderson, Bicondoa part of package for Benitez

[Staten Island, NY] - Two key factors from each of the Yankees' New York-Penn League Championships will now be wearing a different uniform.

The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that Jason Anderson, Ryan Bicondoa and Anderson Garcia was traded to the Mets for Armando Benitez.

Anderson split time with the New York Yankees and Columbus Clippers this season.  He appeared in 22 games for the Yankees, going 1-0 with a 4.79 ERA.  Anderson was penciled in as the closer for Triple-A Columbus this season before making the Yankees' roster out of Spring Training.

Bicondoa played in Tampa at the time of the trade.  Bicondoa, a cousin of late Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile, was 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 15 games (five starts) for the Tampa Yankees.

Garcia, who did not play for Staten Island while with the Yankees, was 3-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 16 games for the Battle Creek Yankees.

Anderson played for Staten Island after being selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the June 2000 draft.  He was 6-5 that year with a 4.03 ERA, but recorded two saves in the Championship Series to ensure Staten Island their first NY-Penn League title.  Anderson came back in 2001 and was 5-1 with a 1.70 ERA in seven starts.

Bicondoa played with Staten Island in 2002.  He was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Yankees before the June draft.  The right-hander posted a 6-4 with a 1.90 ERA, striking out 94 and walking just seven, leading the Yankees to their second NY-Penn League Championship in three seasons.

Anderson will be reporting to Triple-A Norfolk, where there is talk that he will be made a starter again.  Bicondoa is scheduled to report to the St. Lucie Mets.


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