Dodgers acquire Belliard from Nationals
Veteran offers right-handed bat off bench, infield flexibility
CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers acquired infielder Ronnie Belliard from the Nationals after Sunday's 3-2 win over the Reds. In return, the Dodgers gave up Minor League pitcher Luis Garcia and a Minor Leaguer to be named later."He gives us some offense," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "He can play around the infield, all probably but shortstop. I'm going to use his ability to spell these guys when I need him." In 85 games this season, Belliard has hit .247 with five homers and 22 RBIs. He gives the Dodgers a right-handed bat off the bench as well as an infielder who can play multiple positions. Torre said Belliard would arrive in Los Angeles on Monday, with the team making a corresponding roster move then. Belliard is a career .274 hitter with 107 home runs and 565 RBIs in 12 Major League seasons.
"I think he gives us a little more depth and good experience coming off the bench," Torre said.Garcia, a 22-year-old right-hander, was 5-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 34 games for Class A Great Lakes.
Steve Gartner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.