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Marlins cut payroll, send Series star Alou to Astros

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The Florida Marlins spent last offseason assembling a championship club. Now, they've started tearing it apart.

Two weeks after winning the World Series, the Marlins traded star outfielder Moises Alou and his $25 million contract to the Houston Astros on Tuesday.For cutting their payroll, the Marlins got two minor league pitchers and a player to be named from the Astros.

"Experience teaches you when this happens, the perception is that it's not a good deal," Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "It's not what you prefer to do."

Alou, 31, spent only one season in Florida. He led the wild-card Marlins with 23 home runs and 115 RBIs, and was a key contributor in the World Series win over the Cleveland Indians.

Owner H. Wayne Huizenga wants to ditch expensive stars as fast as he signed them after last season, when he committed $89 million to free agents.

Huizenga, claiming he lost $34 million this year, intends to sell the Marlins to a group headed by team president Don Smiley, and they vowed to cut payroll from $54 million to about $20 million.

The Marlins acquired a pair of 23-year-old pitchers, Oscar Henriquez and Manuel Barrios, for Alou.

The New York Yankees also made a move, trading third baseman Charlie Hayes to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of minor leaguers. Hayes had angered owner George Steinbrenner, and New York agreed to pay his entire $1.6 million salary next season.

Hayes will be used by the Giants as a backup to third baseman Bill Mueller and first baseman J.T. Snow and as a right-handed pitch-hitter.

The Yankees acquired outfielder Chris Singleton and left-hander Alberto Castillo.

On the day the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays each found out which players will be available in next Tuesday's expansion draft, both teams made trades.

The Cincinnati Reds sent outfielder Mike Kelly to Tampa Bay and right-hander Felix Rodriguez to Arizona for players to be named.

As part of a four-trade flurry in less than 24 hours, the Reds also got outfielder Mel Nieves from the Detroit Tigers for minor league catcher Paul Bako and pitcher Donne Wall.