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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Dodgers deal Seo, two others for Hendrickson, Hall

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- With an eye toward the future, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays traded pitcher Mark Hendrickson and catcher Toby Hall to the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for pitcher Jae Seo, catcher Dioner Navarro and a player to be named.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
13 4 8 34 51 3.81

The Dodgers were leading the NL West by a half-game over San Diego when they made the deal.

"Mark will add some depth to our starting rotation as we head into the second half of the season," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "Toby is an experienced catcher who will serve us well both behind the plate and off the bench."

Hendrickson had been mentioned in recent trade speculation. The 32-year-old lefty led the Devil Rays in wins the last two years.

Hendrickson was 4-8 with a 3.81 ERA in 13 starts this season. The former NBA player held opponents to a .241 batting average.

The 32-year-old lefty led the Devil Rays in wins the last two years.

"He's continually gotten better and we think he'll keep getting better and better," Dodgers manager Grady Little said before Tuesday night's game at Minnesota.

Hendrickson was expected to start Saturday in Anaheim against the Angels. He had been mentioned a lot in recent trade speculation.

"There was obviously interest, deservedly so," Devil Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "I tip my hat to Ned. He made a bold move early."

The 30-year-old Hall hit .231 with eight home runs and 23 RBI for the last-place Devil Rays. He has thrown out 35 percent of would-be basestealers in his career.

The deal makes one of the youngest teams in the majors even more youthful with the 22-year-old, switch-hitting Navarro expected to replace Hall in Tampa Bay's everyday lineup.

Navarro was the Dodgers' Opening Day catcher and batted .280 with two homers and eight RBI in 25 games before going on the 15-day list with a bruised right wrist on May 5. He was activated from the disabled list on June 16 and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .175 in 11 games.

"The Dodgers did pretty good on this one and so did the Rays," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've had our eyes on [Navarro] for a while. I've heard a whole lot of good things about him."

A former Yankees prospect who made his big league debut with New York in 2004, Navarro has appeared in 70 games in the majors. He is a Tampa resident.

Seo was 2-4 with a 5.78 ERA in 19 appearances, including 10 starts, for the Dodgers this season. He was traded by the New York Mets to Los Angeles in the offseason.

The 29-year-old righty made his major league debut in 2002 and was 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA for the Mets last season. In 90 career appearances, including 76 starts, he is 24-28 with a 4.13 ERA.

Seo is expected to start Sunday at Washington.

"We're excited about what these players can bring to us this year and the future years," Friedman said.