Betemit for Proctor a Done Deal

The Dodgers have sent infielder Wilson Betemit to the Yankees in exchange for relief pitcher Scott Proctor, adding the part they needed to strengthen their bullpen..

Betemit, 27, is batting .231 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs in 84 games for the Dodgers. He offers the Yankees added versatility in the infield. A career .263 hitter who was serving as a reserve in Los Angeles, Betemit has played mostly third base in a five-year Major League career that also included parts of four seasons with the Atlanta Braves, but he's also played second base, shortstop and right field.

Proctor, 30, led the American League with 83 appearances last season and was on his way to another heavy workload this year, but he had recently lost some favor in the N.Y. bullpen.

Proctor was 2-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 52 appearances for New York this season. In 54.1 innings, the hard-throwing Proctor allowed 53 hits and 27 runs (23 earned), walking 29 and striking out 37.

He had struggled as of late, allowing home runs in four of his last six appearances out of the bullpen, surrendering 12 hits and three walks in six innings.

Oddly enough, Proctor was the Dodgers No. 5 pick in the 1998 amateur draft and played at Yakima, Vero Beach, Jacksonville and Las Vegas before being traded to the Yankees, along with outfielder Bubba Crosby for infielder Robin Ventura, and he's made all 190 of his Major League appearances with New York.

Proctor's record:
Scott Proctor          R/R  6-1  180
 b- January 2, 1947
Drafted in 5th round of 1998 amateur draft.
Traded to Yankees with Bubba Crosby for Robin Ventura

year	team   age  w-l   era   gm  gs sv   in      h  bb   so
1998  Yakima    21  0-1  10.80   3   1  2   5.0     9   1    4
1999  Yakima    22  4-2   7.20  16   6  0   50.0   57  26   41
2000  VBeach    23  3-7   5.16  35   3  1   89.0   93  54   70
2001  VBeach    24  6-4   2.48  15  15  0   90.2   73  30   79
      Jxville   24  4-3   4.17  10   9  0   49.2   39  31   48  
2002  Jxville   25  7-9   3.51  26  25  0  133.1  111  85  131
2003  LVegas    26  4-2   3.66  24   0  1   39.1   35  16   35  
      Jxville   26  1-0   1.00  17   0  0   27.0   20   7   24
2004  Colmbus   27  2-3   2.86  35   0  4   44.0   37  18   32
2004  NYYanks	27  2-1   5.40  26   0  0   25.0   29  14   21
2005  NYYanks	28  1-0   6.04  29   0  1   44.2   46  17   36
2006  NYYanks	29  6-4   3.52  83   0  0  102.1   89  33   89
2007  NYYanks   30  2-5   3.81  52   0  0   54.2   53  29   37  
 
Atlanta already landed the biggest fish in the free agent pool, first baseman Mark Teixeira along with lefty Ron Mahay in exchange for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz and a player to be named later. The deal is depended on medical reviews.

Teixeira, who is batting .297 with 13 homers and 49 RBIs through Sunday, was in the Dodger sights for a time but their asking price -- Loney, Ethier and Maloan -- was too high.

The signing may hasten the departure of Andruw Jones via free agency after the season and he could be interested in setting up shop in the Los Angeles area.

After endless rumors, the Teixeira deal was the big news of the trade season and came hours before today's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, but the Braves weren't the only National League East team that was busy on Monday.

The Phillies acquired right-hander Kyle Lohse from the Reds in exchange for Minor League pitcher Matt Maloney and the Mets plucked second baseman Luis Castillo from the Twins for Minor League catcher Drew Butera and Minor League outfielder Dustin Martin.

In other trade news:

SIn two moves to strengthen their bench, San Diego acquired infielder/outfielder Rob Mackowiak from the White Sox for Minor League pitcher Jon Link and third baseman Morgan Ensberg from the Astros for a player to be named later.

The left-handed-hitting Mackowiak, 31, was hitting .278 with the White Sox with six home runs and 36 RBI in 237 at-bats this season.

Ensberg, also 31, was hit .232 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 85 games for Houston, which recently designated him for assignment.

The and Royals have completed a trade that brings right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel to Atlanta in exchange for right-handed starter Kyle Davies.

In 24 appearances with the Royals this year, Dotel has converted 11 of 14 save opportunities, posted a 3.91 ERA and seen opponents compile a .264 batting average.

Davies was 4-8 with a 5.76 ERA in 17 starts with the Braves this year.

The Red Sox added a major piece to their bullpen with the acquisition of Eric Gagne from the Texas Rangers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kason Gabbard and Minor League outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltre.

Gagne waived the no-trade clause in his contract to make the deal official. He'll serve as Jonathan Papelbon's setup man and close on days that Papelbon is getting rest.

Gagne, who was a target of the Red Sox last winter, is having a strong year (2-0, 2.16 ERA and 16 saves) for the Rangers.

Gabbard is 4-0 with a 3.73 ERA and has been a mainstay in the rotation since Curt Schilling went on the disabled list in June.

San Francisco acquired 26-year-old center fielder Rajai Davis and a player to be named later from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Morris, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

Davis, 5-11 and 195 pounds, is hitting .271 (13-for-48) with two doubles, two RBI and five stolen bases in 24 games for the Pirates. The right-handed hitting speedster was recalled from triple-A Indianapolis June 5, and made 12 starts in center field for Pittsburgh.

Morris, who made his final start in a Giants uniform Sunday vs. the Marlins, has composed a 118-84 lifetime ledger with a 3.83 ERA over 291 big league games (260 starts). The 10-year veteran owns a 7-7 mark with a 4.35 ERA (66er, 136.2ip) in 21 starts for the Giants this season.

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