Phillies trade Escalona to Houston for second baseman

Sergio Escalona was traded to Houston for minor-league second baseman Albert Cartwright. (Morry Gash/AP)

The Phillies found a suitor for lefthanded reliever Sergio Escalona, who was designated for assignment Saturday, and it is a familiar one.

Escalona was traded to the Houston Astros for minor-league second baseman Albert Cartwright. Ed Wade, of course, is Houston's general manager. And he was the GM of the Phillies in 2004 when Escalona was signed out of Venezuela.

Cartwright turned 23 in October and played at high single-A Lancaster and double-A Corpus Christi in 2010. He had a .827 OPS at those two levels combined with 30 doubles, 14 triples and 10 home runs. 

But most of those numbers were put up in single A. In Corpus Christi, Cartwright had just four extra-base hits in 140 at-bats.

In the field, he made 29 errors in 119 games at second base.

The 36th-round pick in 2007 will not be placed on the 40-man roster.

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