Dodgers get Dessens for Perez, minor-league arms
The Los Angeles Dodgers have added some help by acquiring pitcher Elmer Dessens from Kansas City, CBS SportsLine.com has learned.
Dessens didn't come cheap: The Dodgers sent disgruntled lefty Odalis Perez to the Royals, along with some cash to offset part of what's left of Perez's $7.25 million contract this season and his $7.75 million salary in 2007.
The Dodgers also included two minor league pitchers in the deal, right-handers Blake Johnson and Julio Pimentel.
Dessens was 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 43 appearances for the Royals this season and is expected to pitch out of the bullpen in a return engagement with the Dodgers. He was employed by Los Angeles for part of the 2004 season and all of 2005 after previously pitching in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Arizona.
The combustible Perez opened the season in the Dodgers' rotation before pitching himself out of the club's plans with inconsistent performances and a couple of clubhouse outbursts that put him out of favor in the organization. Among other things, he had accused the Dodgers of treating him like "trash."
Sometimes, he has pitched that way -- he is 4-4 with a 6.83 ERA in 20 appearances this season, including eight starts.
The Dodgers, who have lost 12 of their past 13 games to fall into last place in the NL West, are looking for both pitching and hitting help.
General manager Ned Colletti said at midday Tuesday that he's beginning to see a bit of movement in what has been a stagnant market.
"Things are starting to open up a little today, just a touch," said Colletti, who is in Las Vegas on a scouting mission to watch the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate. "But it's as slow as I remember it being.
"It's real slow."