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07/31/2007 4:24 PM ET
Braves acquire left-handed pitcher Royce Ring from Padres
Pitchers Wil Ledezma and Will Startup sent to San Diego
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres completed a three-player trade today, as the Braves acquired hard-throwing left-handed pitcher Royce Ring in exchange for left-handed pitcher Wil Ledezma and minor league left-handed pitcher Will Startup. Ring will be assigned to Richmond, the Braves' Triple-A affiliate.

Ring, 26, appeared in 27 games for Portland (AAA) in 2007, going 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA, a .188 opponents' batting average and 44 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched. He also appeared in 15 games for the Padres this season and posted a 1-0 record with a 3.60 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15.0 innings pitched.

Originally drafted and developed by the Chicago White Sox, Ring was traded to the New York Mets in 2003. He spent the 2004-2005 seasons with the Mets and appeared in 26 games, with a 3.47 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

Ledezma, 26, was designated for assignment on Sunday (July 29). Startup, who turns 23 on August 4, has spent three minor league seasons with the Braves organization.

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