Perez Goes to Royals for Dessens

Odalis Perez, who pitched a pair of one-hitters in his early season in Los Angeles then proved to be a huge disappointment, cost the Dodgers both coming and going. Signed to a three-year, $24 million contract by then-GM Paul DePodesta, the club sent a rumored $8 million and two young pitchers for a addition by subtraction reliever Elmer Dessens, will be in his second incarnation in Dodger Blue.

Kansas City reports say the Royals are believed to be getting $8 million to help defray Perez's contract, which includes guarantees of roughly $12.5 million through 2008.

Perez is making $7.25 million this season, $7.75 million in 2007 with a club option for 2008 at $9 million or a $1.5 million buyout. He is also due to receive a $4.5 million signing bonus between November 2006 and November 2007.

Dessens, 35, who pitched for the Dodgers in 2004 and '05, went 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA and two saves in 43 relief appearances over 54 innings this year with the Royals. His two-year contract pays him $1.7 million this year and $1.7 million in 2007.

Dessens, 35, has held left-handed hitters to a .238 average (19-for-80) this season. In 320 career outings, including 135 starts, he has a 4.41 ERA, including a 3.30 ERA in 2002, the sixth-best mark in the National League.

Perez, 29, has fallen out of favor with the Dodgers and probably sealed his fate when he criticized management for his treatment, accusing the team of treating him like "trash" a week ago. He is 4-4 with a 6.83 ERA in 20 games, including eight starts this season. He is 56-55 with a 4.24 ERA in eight big-league seasons.

Opponents have feasted on him for a .346 average and nine homers in 59 innings, during which he has posted a 33-13 K-BB ratio.

The Royals are desperate for minor league pitching prospects and received two right-handers currently pitching at Vero Beach. Neither was having a big season at Vero Beach, but both have quality arms.

Blake Johnson, 21, is 4-5 with a 4.92 ERA. He was a second-round pick in the 2004 draft and was ranked by Baseball America as the Dodgers' No. 17 prospect.

Johnson, 21, was a second-round pick out of a Louisiana high school in 2004. His best pitch is his curveball, though he also has an average fastball and some projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame.

He has gone 4-5, 4.92 in 20 games (18 starts) this year. In 106 innings, he has allowed a .285 opponent average and 11 homers.

Julio Pimentel, 21, is 3-8 with two saves and a 5.69 ERA in 30 games, including eight starts. He is a former outfielder from the Dominican Republic who became a pitcher in 2003. He was ranked by Baseball America as the Dodgers' No. 16 prospect before the season.

Pimentel, also 21, breaking out as a prospect in 2004, he has stagnated the last two years at Vero Beach. This season, he has gone 3-8, 5.69 in 30 games (nine starts), while opponents have hit .290 with four homers off him.

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