Dodgers Add Clark To Outfield

The Deal
With Jason Repko lost indefinitely with a hamstring injury that may require surgery, the Dodgers needed a righthanded hitter capable of playing all three outfield spots. They found one Monday, getting Brady Clark from the Brewers in a deal for Elmer Dessens. Milwaukee also gave Los Angeles $2.1 million to cover the difference in salaries between Clark ($3.8 million) and Dessens ($1.7 million).
The Big Leaguers
Clark, 33, is a solid reserve outfielder who can hit for average, get on base and handle all three outfield positions. He’s an average runner with below-average power and arm strength. After a career year in 2005, he was exposed as a full-time player last season, hitting .263/.348/.335 with four homers and 29 RBIs in 138 games. He’s a career .278/.358/.389 hitter with 36 homers and 198 RBIs in 710 contests.

Dessens, a 36-year-old righthander, opened 2006 with the Royals and joined the Dodgers in a July trade for Odalis Perez. Between his two stops, Dessens had a 5-8, 4.56 record in 62 appearances. In 77 innings, he had a 52-22 K-BB ratio, though hitters touched him for a .282 average and eight homers. He has fringy stuff and survives as a middle reliever mainly with deception. His lifetime mark is 46-59, 4.41 in 339 games (135 starts).

Both players will become free agents at season’s end.

Quick Take
It’s a minor deal that makes sense for both clubs. The Brewers had a surplus of outfielders, while the Dodgers had an extra reliever.

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