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Redding won five games for Astros last season

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Houston Astros traded pitcher Tim Redding and cash to the San Diego Padres for catcher Humberto Quintero on Monday.

Redding, 27, was 5-7 with a 5.72 ERA in 27 games for the Astros
last season, including 17 starts and a demotion to the bullpen in
July. The right-hander also went 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA at Triple-A
New Orleans.

Redding was 21-28 with a 4.75 ERA in four seasons with Houston.
He went 10-14 with a team-leading 3.68 ERA in the Astros' rotation
in 2003.

Earlier this spring, the Astros released Pete Munro, who started
Game 6 of the NLCS against St. Louis last October. Redding, Munro,
Carlos Hernandez, Dave Burba and top prospect Ezequiel Astacio were in competition to become Houston's fifth starter.

In February, the Astros avoided salary arbitration hearings by
agreeing to a one-year deal with Redding worth $750,000 and a
one-year contract with Munro for $700,000.

Quintero, 25, hit .250 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 23
games for the Padres last year. At Triple-A Portland, he hit .317
with five homers and 30 RBI.

The Padres got Quintero in July 2002 as part of a trade that
sent infielder D'Angelo Jimenez to the Chicago White Sox.