Dodgers setting final roster

The Dodgers sent Jolbert Cabrera to Seattle and Jason Romano to Tampa Bay, receiving three minor leaguers in return and rookie Edwin Jackson and 2B Joe Thurston were optioned to Las Vegas as General Manager Paul DePodesta set up the 25-man roster for the regular season, making six trades in the final week of the exhibition season.

RHPs Jose Lima and Duaner Sanchez made the final cut along with infielders Jose Hernandez and Olmedo Saenz. Sanchez nailed down the 11th spot on the pitching staff with two impressive innings in the opening game of the Angels series. Paul Shuey and Todd Hundley were put on the disabled list.

Lima will be a long reliever and Saenz will be a pinch-hitter and backup infielder. Joe Thurston was expected to get the final roster spot but the trade for Milton Bradley sent Thurston back to Las Vegas. Wilkin Ruan, who is out of options, was designaated for assignment.

DePodesta moved Cabrera, who platooned at second base with Alex Cora most of the spring, to Seattle for right-handed pitcher Aaron Looper, 27, and left-handed pitcher Ryan Ketchner, 21. The pitchers will report to Las Vegas and Jacksonville.

Utilityman Hernandez, 34, a natural shortstop who has the ability to play all four infield positions, would have rejected a minor league assignment had he not made the roster. Rather than lose him for nothing in return, the club kept Hernandez and received two players for Cabrera.

The 24-year-old Romano was out of options and had a sparkling spring. He was sent to Tampa Bay for 24-year-old shortstop Antonio Perez, who split last year between Double-A and Triple-A and will report to Triple-A Las Vegas. Romano would of have been claimed by home-town Tampa Bay had the Dodgers attempted to get him through waivers.

Perez, 24, was with the Devil Rays, Triple-A Durham and Double-A Orlando last season. He played in 48 major league games, batting .248 with two home runs and 12 RBI.

The acquisition of Werth from Toronto made Romano expendable. DePodesta believes Werth can be a fourth outfielder with power who can handle center field. Romano was a natural center fielder.

Pitchers Rick White and Doug Nickle were reassigned to the minor league camp and White accepted the assignment. Nickle will probably try to hook up with another team. Catcher Koyie Hill was optioned to Las Vegas.

Tracy said the club will go with four starters -- Hideo Nomo, Odalis Perez, Jeff Weaver and Kazuhisa Ishii -- until April 18, courtesy of days off. Wilson Alvarez will join Tom Martin as the second left-hander in a bullpen with question marks.

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