1995-97He signed with with Seattle in April 1995 and was assigned to the Port City Roosters in Double A, where he hit .224 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs in 104 games. In 1996, he batted .262 with 16 HR, 53 RBIs and 34 doubles for the Roosters, landing him at No. 2 on Baseball America's list of top Seattle prospects (51st overall). In '97, he jumped to Triple A Tacoma, hitting .254 with 15 HRs and 48 RBIs. The Red Sox acquired him and pitcher Derek Lowe at the '97 trade deadline for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb, one of the most lopsided deals in Sox history.