The Florida Marlins waited until the last minute to find a closer when they acquired Jorge Julio and some cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Yusmeiro Petit on Monday.
It may have been in Julio's cards to come to Florida since 2005, while the righty was still with the Orioles. Nearing the July 31st trade deadline, rumors were flying about sending A.J. Burnett to Baltimore. Julio was supposed to be part of that package, but the deal fell through.
Julio is a career 13-28 with a 4.20 ERA over six seasons and has an impressive 345 strikeouts in 357.2 innings.
The 22-year-old Petit was in contention for the Marlins' fifth starter spot, which is now Sergio Mitre's. A year ago, Petit spent 81 days in the big leagues, mostly as a long reliever. He appeared in 15 games, including one start, and was 1-1 with a 9.57 ERA. At , he went 4-6 with a 4.28 ERA in 17 games.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Brady Clark and cash from the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday for reliever Elmer Dessens. This trade may come in handy in the case of a season-ending injury to outfielder Jason Repko.
Clark, 33, has a .278 career batting average over seven seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and Milwaukee, showing up in 125 or more games in each of the past four seasons with the Crew. He hit .263 with four longballs and 29 RBIs in 138 games last season - one year after batting .306 with 183 hits.
The 36-year-old Dessens will add some right-handed experience to the club's bullpen. He has a career 46-59 record with a 4.41 ERA over 10 big league seasons with Pittsburgh, Arizona, Kansas City and Los Angeles. In parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, he appeared in 59 games - 6 starts - going 2-3 with a 3.74 ERA over 108.2 innings.
Dessens, expected to pitch long relief, has a 3.75 ERA spanning 12 outings for the Dodgers this spring.
The Dodgers will pay Clark the $1.7 million they were set to pay Dessens, and the Brewers gave them $2.1 million to cover the difference from what Clark would have made in Milwaukee. Clark has played 286 games in center field, 238 in right and 75 in left over his career.
Repko will have surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles and is likely out for the season. An MRI showed he tore two hamstring tendons off his pelvic bone in an injury that occurred while he was chasing a fly ball last Thursday.
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After deciding that shortstop Tony Pena Jr. wouldn't make the Atlanta Braves' Opening Day roster on Friday, the club traded him away to the Kansas City Royals for minor league hurler Erik Cordier.
The right-handed son of New York Yankees first base coach Tony Pena has been given the chance to become an everyday starter with the Royals. The 26-year-old split last year between AAA Richmond, where he batted .282 in 81 games, and Atlanta, where he hit .227 in 40 games. Pena is .342 with a homer and six RBIs this spring.
Cordier, just a young pup at 21, went a combined 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA for Class-A Idaho Falls and Burlington last year. As the Royals’ second-round pick in the 2004 amateur draft, the righty missed the entire 2005 season rehabbing from knee surgery and is now recovering from elbow ligament-replacement.