Crowded Infield Prompts Dodgers To Deal Theriot To Cardinals





The Deal
The Dodgers acquired second baseman Ryan Theriot at the 2010 trade deadline, but their offseason signing of free agent Juan Uribe forced him out of the picture for 2011. Theriot faced the strong possibility of being non-tendered, but that was before Los Angeles worked out a trade with the Cardinals. St. Louis swapped 27-year-old righthander Blake Hawksworth for Theriot, who runs well and can play either middle-infield position but has no power (career .356 slugging).
 
Dodgers Acquire
Blake Hawksworth, rhp
Age: 27.
Born: March 1, 1983 in North Vancouver, B.C.
Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 195. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Bellevue (Wash.) CC.
Career Transactions: Selected by Cardinals in 28th round of 2001 draft; signed May 30, 2002.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
St. Louis (NL) MLB 4 8 4.98 45 8 0 90 113 56 50 15 35 61 1.64

Healthy after a string of injuries cut into his early development time, Hawksworth has logged 130 innings with the Cardinals over the course of the past two seasons. He worked mostly as a reliever in that time, but he did make eight starts for St. Louis in 2010, going 3-4, 5.83 with 28 strikeouts, 21 walks and six homers allowed in 41 2/3 innings. Hawksworth profiles better in relief with an 90-93 mph fastball with late movement and a strong changeup with good separation. He threw his curveball and cutter more frequently as a starter, but they're both below-average pitches. Hawksworth has no options remaining, so he can't be sent to the minors without first clearing waivers.
 
Cardinals Acquire
Ryan Theriot, 2b/ss
Age: 30. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2011-12 seasons ($2.6 million salary in '10).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Chi./L.A. (NL) 2010 .270 150 586 72 158 15 2 2 29 41 74 20 .321 .312
3-Year Totals .287 453 1768 238 507 54 11 10 121 165 225 63 .351 .347

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