Monday, June 14, 2010


Just two days after serving a two-game suspension for shoving an umpire, outfielder Willie Romero was traded by the Yucatan Leones to Saltillo for first baseman Sandy Madera (pictured) in the Mexican League’s first high-profile player swap of the 2010 season.

In twelve Mexican League seasons, the 35-year-old Romero has hit .320 with 130 homers and 264 stolen bases while becoming an All-Star Game fixture. This will be the Venezuelan’s second go-round in Saltillo, where he played from 1999 to 2003. At the time of the trade, Romero was hitting .301.

The 29-year-old Madera was second among LMB batters with a .391 average in 67 games for Saltillo when he was swapped to Yucatan. The Dominican has played in the A’s, Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles organizations. Last winter, Madera led the Mexican Pacific League with a .413 batting average while playing for Los Mochis.

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