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Patterson to Friars completes Gonzalez deal

Patterson to Friars completes Gonzalez deal

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres acquired infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson from the Red Sox on Thursday.

Patterson was the player to be named later in last week's deal that sent three-time All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Boston for four players.

Patterson, 27, hit a combined .214 in 204 at-bats last season between time with the A's and Red Sox. He played the outfield and second base.

"He can play all over the place and he's a good, versatile guy," said San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer.

The Padres, who looked into acquiring Patterson during Spring Training a year ago, will likely use him in a utility capacity and a pinch-runner in 2011.

In 2009, Patterson hit .307 with 12 home runs, 56 RBIs and 43 steals for the A's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento. He's a career .303 hitter in parts of six Minor League seasons and has an on-base percentage of .367.

Overall, Patterson is a career .224 hitter at the Major League level in 419 at-bats between the Cubs, A's and Red Sox. He's played 41 games at second base in the Major Leagues, 119 in the outfield.

Patterson was originally selected by the Cubs in the eight round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

Last week, the Padres acquired pitcher Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes from the Red Sox in exchange for Gonzalez.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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