|The Dodgers and Giants are bitter rivals, but they reached detente long enough on Thursday to complete a minor trade. San Francisco sent Mark Sweeney to Los Angeles in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. The clubs hadn’t traded with each other since 1985, when the Dodgers gave up Candy Maldonado to get Alex Trevino from the Giants. |
On Aug. 26, the Giants received high Class A second baseman Travis Denker to complete the trade.
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|The 37-year-old Sweeney’s specialty is pinch-hitting. He ranks second all-time with 155 career pinch-hits, and he leads the majors this year in pinch-hits (16), pinch-doubles (six) and pinch-walks (10). Sweeney is batting .313 coming off the bench in 2007 and .247/.362/.404 overall with two homers and 10 RBIs in 89 at-bats over 75 games. He’s earning $950,000 in the final season of a two-year, $1.8 million contract. He’s a career .259/.353/.404 hitter with 42 homers and 242 RBIs in 1,089 games.|
|Denker, 22, signed as a 21st-round pick out of a California high school in 2003. He’s an offensive-minded second baseman who’s limited defensively and has cooled off at the plate since hitting .310 with 21 homers in 101 games at low Class A Columbus at the beginning of 2005. Denker has spent this season at high Class A Inland Empire in the hitter-friendly California League, where he has batted .294/.369/.450 with 10 homers and 57 RBIs in 111 games.|
|Sweeney won’t make a huge difference for the Dodgers, but he gives them a useful bat off the bench and didn’t cost them very much in trade. Likewise, Denker isn’t close to being a top prospect but he has a better chance to contribute than Sweeney does by the time the Giants return to contending status.|