Dodgers add two bats

The Dodgers made two moves to strengthen their bench, acquiring outfielder Jayson Werth from the Toronto Blue Jays for minor-league right-hander Jason Frasor and purchasing minor league outfielder Jason Grabowski from Oakland. In addition they released outfielder Bubba Trammell.

In a remarkable twist of fate, Werth's grandfather is former Dodger Dick Schofield and his uncle is former Angel and Dodger Dick Schofield Jr.

Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta purchased Oakland A's minor leaguer Jason Grabowski to serve as the left-handed hitting bench player the club has lacked.

DePodesta likes Grabowski's versatility because he plays the corner infield and outfield positions, and was originally drafted as a catcher out of the University of Connecticut. Last year at Triple-A Sacramento he was primarily an outfielder.

Grabowski is 27, 6-3 and 200 pounds, and he missed six weeks of Triple-A last season with a stress fracture of his shin. This is his eighth professional season.

Werth, 24, was a 1997 first-round pick of the Orioles out of high school in Illinois. He was a catcher for the first six seasons of his pro career before the Blue Jays, who acquired him in a December 2000 trade for John Bale, decided that at 6-foot-5 he was too tall to play regularly behind the plate.

More athletic than most catchers, Werth has adapted well to the outfield. He can handle center field but is better suited for right field, where he shows a strong arm. His offense is holding him back more than his defense. His big body leads to a long swing that doesn't make enough contact, diluting his above-average power potential.

He hit .237/.285/.441 with nine homers, 34 RBI and 11 steals (in 12 tries) in 64 games at Triple-A Syracuse last year, which he started on the disabled list after straining his wrist in spring training. Werth has gotten 41 games and 94 at-bats over the last two years with Toronto, batting .234/.298/.383 with two homers and 16 RBI.

"He's another guy who gives us defensive versatility, another young guy who has upside," Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said. "Offensively, he has both patience and power. I think for all those reasons, he was an attractive guy."

DePodesta's focus most of the spring has been on providing Tracy with late-inning options off the bench. The fact both Grabowski and Werth also can catch in an emergency means Tracy has six bench players because he can use either Paul Lo Duca or David Ross, whichever one isn't in the starting lineup, to pinch hit.

Frasor, 26, originally was drafted by Detroit and spent one year in the Dodgers' organization, but it was a good one. He went a combined 2-0 with 23 saves and a 2.50 ERA for Single-A Vero Beach and Double-A Jacksonville last season, striking out 86 in 61 innings.

He missed all of 2001 with an elbow injury, then went to the Dodgers in the Hiram Bocachica trade the following year. Frasor opened eyes last year, when he went 2-0, 2.51 with 23 saves in 50 games between high Class A Vero Beach and Double-A Jacksonville. He had an 86-18 K-BB ratio in 61 innings, and opponents batted .218 with two homers.

He followed up with a strong Arizona Fall League, where his 91-95 mph fastball was one of the best in the league. His second pitch is a curveball. Frasor is just 5-foot-10 and generates his velocity with effort in his delivery, though it didn't hamper his ability to throw strikes last season.