Multiple outlets are reporting that Trenton Thunder infielder Matt Cusick — along with pitcher Andy Shive — have been dealt to the Cleveland Indians to complete the deal that netted the Yankees reliever Kerry Wood.
Originally acquired by the Yankees midway through the 2008 season in the LaTroy Hawkins deal, the 24-year-old middle infielder has spent parts of the last two seasons in Trenton.
Last season, he split time between High-A Tampa and Trenton, hitting .240 with no home runs and nine RBI in 28 games at the latter stop. This year, he started the season in Triple-A Scranton before being sent down to Trenton for the remainder of the year. In 59 games at Double-A, he hit .234 with three home runs and 26 RBI.
His season ended precisely when the Thunder year did, as it was his strikeout at the hands of Daniel Moskos that set off a raucous on-field celebration by the Altoona Curve in Game 4 of the Eastern League Championship Series.
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