Dodgers add another reliever

By Jim Callis

July 31, 2001

Shortly after landing Terry Mulholland from the Pirates, the Dodgers beat the 4 p.m. Eastern trading deadline Tuesday and picked up more bullpen fodder in Mike Trombley. In return, Los Angeles sent minor leaguers Kris Foster and Geronimo Gil to the Orioles.

Trombley, 34, signed a three-year, $7.75 million contract with Baltimore as a free agent in November 1999, one of a series of moves that has doomed the Orioles. In return, he failed two auditions as a closer, converting just 10 saves in 20 opportunities. A righthander, he’s better suited as a setup man. Trombley, whose out pitch is a splitter, is 3-4, 3.46 with six saves and 45 strikeouts in 55 innings this year.

Foster, a 26-year-old righthander, is one of the harder throwers in the minors, capable of reaching 99 mph. His health has been a concern, however, as he had shoulder surgery in 2000 and battled elbow and shoulder woes in 1997 and 1998. Selected by the Expos in 1992’s 39th round, he signed as a draft-and-follow after a year at Edison (Fla.) CC, later joining the Dodgers in a 1995 trade for Rafael Bournigal. In 38 games between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas this year, Foster has gone 3-1, 2.54 with 19 saves and a 46-6 strikeout-walk ratio in 39 innings. He isn’t as established as Trombley, but the Dodgers might have been better served to give Foster a look rather than making the trade.

Gil, 25, is a journeyman catcher who spent most of the previous three seasons in Double-A. He first signed with the Mexican League’s Mexico City Red Devils in 1993 and had his contract sold to the Dodgers three years later. He was hitting .295-9-40 in 82 games at Las Vegas.