06/27/2006 3:09 PM ET
Dodgers acquire Hendrickson and Hall from Tampa Bay for Navarro and Seo
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson and catcher Toby Hall from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, along with cash considerations for right-handed pitcher Jae Seo, minor league catcher Dioner Navarro and a player to be named later, according to Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.
"Mark will add some depth to our starting rotation as we head into the second half of the season," said Colletti. "Toby is an experienced catcher who will serve us well both behind the plate and off the bench."
Hendrickson, who turned 32 on Friday, has been among the top left-handers in the American League this season, posting a 2.20 ERA on the road, the lowest mark in the league. He has also held AL batters to a .241 batting average which ranks eighth in the league. Overall, he has posted a 4-8 record and 3.81 ERA in 13 starts, going six or more innings in 11 of those outings while receiving just 3.1 runs per start by his offense (40 runs/13 starts).
Among AL lefties, Hendrickson ranks eighth in ERA behind Johan Santana (2.75), Scott Kazmir (3.21), Mark Buehrle (3.27), Barry Zito (3.36), Nate Robertson (3.38), Kenny Rogers (3.44) and Jamie Moyer (3.51).
Hendrickson began his professional baseball career in 2000 following a four-year career in the National Basketball Association. The six-foot, nine-inch southpaw was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996 and spent four season with Philadelphia (1996-7), Sacramento (1997-8), New Jersey (1998-99) and Cleveland (1999-2000), averaging 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in his 114-game career and became the 10th player in Major League history to also appear in the NBA. He will become the tallest player in Dodger history and joins teammate Derek Lowe as two of the 12 players in franchise history to top six-feet, six-inches in height.
The Washington native played baseball and basketball at Washington State University and was drafted six times in baseball from 1992-97. He made his big league debut in 2002 and has won 37 games in the Majors, including team-high totals of 11 victories in 2005 and 10 wins in 2004. This season, most of his success has come on natural grass, where he has a 2.09 ERA in six starts, compared to a 5.40 mark on artificial turf.
Hall, 30, is hitting .231 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 64 games this season. In seven Major League campaigns with the Devil Rays, he has a lifetime average of .262 with 44 homers and 251 RBI, including career-highs of .287 in 2005, 12 homers in 2003 and 60 RBI in 2004. He has thrown out 35 percent of runners attempting to steal off him in his career (145-for-412).
Navarro, 22, batted .280 with two homers and eight RBI for the Dodgers before suffering a contusion to his right wrist and being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 5. The Tampa resident was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on June 15 after being reinstated from the DL.
Seo, 29, appeared in 19 games for the Dodgers, including 10 starts, posting a 2-4 record and 5.78 ERA. In 90 career big league games (76 starts), the right-hander has a 24-26 record and 4.13 ERA.