Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Seo to Dodgers; Mackowiak to White Sox

The Los Angeles Dodgers, in search of starting pitching, acquired right-hander Jae Seo and left-handed reliever Tim Hamulack from the New York Metson Wednesday for right-handed relievers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll.

Seo, a 28-year-old South Korean, made 14 starts for the Mets last season, going 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA. He walked 16 and struck out 59 in 90 1-3 innings. He also had a 7-4 record with a 4.29 ERA in 19 starts for Triple-A Norfolk. Seo, who went 5-10 with a 4.90 ERA in 2004, has a 22-24 career record and 3.85 ERA in 66 starts and five relief appearances, all with the Mets.

"The thought process behind this was Seo's going to get a chance to start," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "He had a real good year with the Mets and in Triple-A, pitched close to 200 innings. Seo is a no-frills guy who knows how to pitch.

"This gives us a little more depth in the starting rotation. I don't think this will prohibit us from getting another starter in either free agency or in a trade. One more would be good. I think we have a rotation now that's capable of throwing 180 innings, 200, 210 through all five starters."

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The World Series champion Chicago White Sox agreed Wednesday with Rob Mackowiak on a $5.3 million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Mackowiak, who was eligible to become a free agent following the 2007 season, will receive $2.25 million in 2006 and $2.75 million in 2007. The White Sox hold a 2008 option at $3.25 million with a buyout of $300,000.

Acquired from Pittsburgh on December 13 for left-handed reliever Damaso Marte, Mackowiak hit a career-best .272 with nine homers and 58 RBIs in 142 games with the Pirates last year. The left-handed hitter and utility player made 50 starts at third base, 31 in center field, 17 at second base, 13 in right field and one at first base.

Mackowiak is a .258 career hitter with 52 homers and 221 RBIs in 593 games, all with Pittsburgh. Third baseman Joe Crede is the only White Sox player still eligible for arbitration.

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