Swap Sanchez, Schmoll to Mets for Jae Seo

Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, in search of starting pitching, acquired right-hander Jae Seo and left-handed reliever Tim Hamulack from the New York Mets for right-handed relievers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll. "The thought process behind this was Seo's going to get a chance to start," Colletti said. "He had a real good year with the Mets and in Triple-A, pitched close to 200 innings.

"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," Collieti continued. "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.''

Seo 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 spent time with Triple-A Norfolk, recording a 7-4, 4.29 record with 111 strikeouts in 121 innings.

Seo went 5-10, 4.90 for the Mets in 2004 and was 9-12 in 2003 with a 3.82 ERA and 110 strikeouts inn 188 innings.

The South Korea native had a combined 15-6 overall record with the Mets and Triple-A Norfolk, Seo registered 170 strikeouts and 46 walks in 212 innings.

He was named the Mets' Pitcher of the Month in August with a 4-0 record and 1.75 ERA in five starts. His 1.30 ERA through seven starts in 2005 was the third lowest by a Mets pitcher through his first seven starts of a season.

After making 382 Minor League appearances in 10 seasons, Hamulack, 29, made his Major League debut in 2005. The left-hander went 2-2 with a 1.26 ERA and six saves in 21 games at Double-A Binghamton and 3-1 with a 1.02 ERA and six saves in 28 games at Triple-A Norfolk.

Overall, in 64 innings, Hamulack collected 61 strikeouts, allowed 15 walks and surrendered only one home run. Working in six games with New York last year, Hamulack gave up six runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings and had no decisions.

Los Angeles recently right-hander Brett Tomko, who pitched for the Giants last season. Returning starters include Brad Penny and Derek Lowe and left-hander Odalis Perez. Jeff Weaver, a 14-game winner last season, is a free agent and Colletti is still attempting to re-sign him.

Sanchez pitched in 79 games for the Dodgers in 2005, going 4-7 with a 3.73 ERA, walking 36 and striking out 71 in 82 innings. He throws a fastball that reaches about 95 mph on the radar gun, and he also displays a curveball, slider and changeup. He instantly becomes the Mets' primary setup man to new closer Billy Wagner.

Sanchez made his big league debut in 2002 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2002-03 before the Dodgers claimed him on waivers after the 2003 season.

The 25-year-old Schmoll, signed by Los Angeles in May 2003, was 2-2 with a 5.01 ERA and three saves for the Dodgers and 0-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 22 games for Triple-A Las Vegas last season.

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