White Sox Bring Back Alomar
The Chicago White Sox brought back the Sandy Alomar for a second stint with the team, paying a minor price by sending righthander B.J. LaMura to the Dodgers for the 40-year-old catcher.
Alomar, who was hitting .323/.323/.403 in 62 at-bats with the Dodgers, will serve as the team's backup catcher behind A.J. Pierzynski. He replaces Chris Widger, who was designated for assigment. Widger was hitting only .184 at the time of the trade.
LaMura, a fifth-round pick out of Clemson in 2002, has a 92-93 mph fastball that is a solid major league average to slightly above average pitch, but his command is below average, and his secondary stuff is also inconsistent. He profiles best as a middle reliever because of his lack of secondary stuff.
But LaMura has been very effective in that role this season. He was 5-0, 1.69 with three saves in 53 innings with 67 strikeouts and 31 walks allowed. He's held batters to a .180 average, and over his last 24 innings, he's allowed only three earned runs.<< Trade Central 2006