Cusick says trade to Yankees is bittersweet

LEXINGTON, KY -- The Houston Astros and New York Yankees agreed to a trade Wednesday evening that sent Lexington Legend second baseman Matt Cusick to the Yankees in exchange for veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

"I have mixed feelings about the trade," Cusick said Thursday. "Of course, I'm thrilled to be apart of the winningest team in professional baseball and the most prestigious organization in sports, but on the other hand, I'm saying goodbye to a lot of good friends, players and coaches."

Cusick, 22, was the Astros' 10th-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern California. In his first full-season of professional baseball in Class A Lexington, Cusick batted .285 (100-for-351) in 94 games, with 55 runs scored, 23 doubles, nine home runs, 38 RBIs and 40 walks.

"The Astros are a first class organization," Cusick added. "It was an honor to play for them and have them draft me and believe in me."

Among the highlights of Cusick's tenure in Lexington, included hitting a leadoff home-run in three consecutive games in April, an unconfirmed minor league baseball record, from April 14th through April 16th. The former USC Trojan and 2008 SAL Mid-Season All-Star came inches from adding a fourth-consecutive in Hickory, but settled for a double off the left-centerfield wall, instead.

On Wednesday, he concluded his Legends career with a lead-off home-run against the Hagerstown Suns. It was Cusick's ninth home-run of the season.

LaTroy Hawkins was 1-1 with a 5.71 ERA for the Yankees this season after signing a one-year, $3.75 million contract in December. The Astros will be Hawkins' sixth team in his 14 year major league career.