Player Moves

They rounded up the usual suspects before the trading deadline but when it passed none of the prospects-highly touted or otherwise- had departed the Dodgers. One was even promoted to the big club. There were, however, two Dodger system graduates who were involved in major trades- one returning.

The twosome were Eric Gagne, who went from the Rangers to the Red Sox, the other is righthander Scott Proctor, a fifth-round draft pick of the Dodgers back in 1996 out of Florida State. He had originally gone to New York along with Bubba Crosby for Robin Ventura at the trading deadline in 2003.

At that time, Crosby was considered the better prospect. During his tenure in the Dodger system Proctor was thought of as a guy with a good arm who couldn't seem to stay healthy a lot. He proved to be much more than that as an oft-used reliever for the Yanks.

The promotion came for Delwyn Young to fill the spot vacated by Wilson Betemit, who went to the Yanks for Proctor. It's essentially a changing of switch-hitters since both Betemit and Young hit from either side.

And hit is something Young has been doing splendidly at Las Vegas for he had a 343 average at the time of his promotion. That included 16 home runs and 44 doubles for a slugging percentage of .595. He had driven in 79 runs.

As an outfielder Young, a former second baseman, can play either left or right adequately.

His place with Las Vegas is being taken by activating Choo Freeman from the bereavement list. Infielder Luis Maza was also activated with Michael Rivera, who has been shuttling between Las Vegas and Inland Empire on a regular basis, off to the California League once more.

There was some roster shuffling in the lower minors. First baseman Rick Taloa finally escaped Ogden where he had been for three years. He moved up to Great Lakes as did righthander Blake Brannon, who had been signed as a free agent a few weeks ago.

Ogden recently added another free agent pitcher, Rodney Brantley, a righthander. He's 6-4, 215 who pitched college ball at Dallas Baptist.

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