The Florence Freedom announced a three-player trade with the River City Rascals (Frontier League) has been solidified.

The Freedom are sending pitcher Brandon Hamlet, shortstop Dorian Rojas, and outfielder Garth McKinney to the Rascals for infielder Brad Hough, first baseman Jeff Miller and pitcher Jonathan Miller. All three players from River City have played for current Freedom Manager Toby Rumfield during his seasons managing the Rascals.

Brad Hough is a 6-foot-1, 195 pound infielder from Waxahachie. He spent both the 2007 and 2008 seasons with River City, and has a .276 career average. Hough hit nine home runs and had 60 RBI for the Rascals in 2008.

Jonathan Miller is a 6-feet, 160 pound right hander from Houston. Miller has also spent the last two seasons with the Rascals in 2008 he was 3-5 with a 3.76 ERA and ninesaves.

Jeff Miller is a 6-foot-3, 215 pound first baseman from Pine Grove, Pa. Like his teammates, Miller has spent the past two seasons with River City. In 2008 Miller had 66 RBI and 15 home runs with a .290 average.

Rumfield said he is excited about having these players in Florence.

 “I am so happy to get Brad, Jon and Jeff,” he said. “In the two seasons I had these guys in River City they proved to not only be great players but also good clubhouse guys. Freedom fans are going to really enjoy watching these players compete for a championship.”

With this trade, Freedom fan favorite Garth McKinney will not be back in Florence for the 2009 season. McKinney was crucial in the Freedom lineup in 2008, with a .303 average, 18 homeruns and 65 RBI.

“Garth has reached a point in his life where he is undecided on continuing his baseball career,” said Rumfield. “I certainly respect his needing time to decide but couldn’t pass up this opportunity to acquire three strong players should he decide not to play in 2009.”

The Freedom have two pre-season games scheduled for early May, the first one is Friday, May 8 against the Southern Illinois Miners. The second game is Thursday, May 14 against the Evansville Otters and will feature the popular “Thirsty Thursday” with $1 beverages. Both games start at 7:05pm.

The Florence Freedom are a member of the Frontier League, a 12-team Independent Professional Baseball League established in 1993. The Freedom play a 96-game schedule with 48 home games between late May and early September.