|Padres make 2 deadline trades, getting Ensberg from Houston and Mackowiak from the White Sox|
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|Tuesday, 31 July 2007 09:56|
San Diego, in the thick of the NL West and wild-card races, competed the trades shortly the 4 p.m. EDT deadline for making deals without waivers.
The Houston Astros sent Ensberg and cash considerations to the Padres for a player to be named or cash. The Chicago White Sox traded Mackowiak to San Diego for pitcher Jon Link.
``I'm extremely disappointed,'' Mackowiak said before the White Sox played the Yankees in New York. ``It hurts to go from the team you grew up watching and idolized as a kid.''
Ensberg, an All-Star in 2005 when he helped the Astros reach the World Series, has not been the same caliber player since tearing a tendon in his right shoulder diving for a foul ball on June 9, 2006.
The 31-year-old Ensberg was hitting .232 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 85 games. Houston is responsible for the remainder of Ensberg's $4.35 million salary this season.
Ensberg hit a career-low .235 with 58 RBIs last year. In 2005, he batted .283 with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs. His 105 career home runs rank second all-time among Astros third basemen.
The 31-year-old Mackowiak hit .278 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 85 games with the White Sox this season. He is a career .264 hitter with 63 homers and 280 RBIs in seven major league seasons with Pittsburgh and the White Sox.
Link was 2-1 with 13 saves and a 3.07 ERA in 41 relief appearances for Class A Lake Elsinore. The 23-year-old righty is in his third minor league season.
AP Sports Writer Jay Cohen in New York contributed to this report.