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ROCKER traded to Indians

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(New York-AP) -- John Rocker slipped away so quickly into the New York night, a lot of his Atlanta teammates never even got a chance to say goodbye.

The reliever's stormy stay with Atlanta abruptly ended last night when he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a four-player deal.

The Braves received relievers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed and cash for Rocker and minor league third baseman Troy Cameron.

While Rocker's blazing fastball made an impression on opposing hitters, it was his off-field behavior that made a bigger impact on baseball.

Rocker started a national furor after the 19-99 season when he denigrated New Yorkers, immigrants, homosexuals and others in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

He was informed of the deal after Atlanta's game against the New York Mets started last night.

By the time the game ended, there was no trace Rocker had ever been in the clubhouse. The number plate over his locker was gone, and his stall was completely empty.

Rocker is expected to join the Indians in Kansas City on Saturday.
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