Dodgers Swap Vargas for Minor League Catcher

The Dodgers have acquired minor league catcher Vinny Rottino from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Claudio Vargas. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

    Rottino, 29, has appeared briefly in the Major Leagues for Milwaukee in each of the past three seasons and was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team last season when he posted a 24-game hitting streak.

The Wisconsin native has made the PCL All-Star team each of the past three years and has been named to his league's All-Star team in each season dating back to 2004 when he recorded a team record 124 RBI for Single-A Beloit.  

Vargas, 31, spent much of the 2009 season on the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis before being activated on July 3. Since returning to the big leagues, he has appeared in eight games for Los Angeles, posting a 1.64 ERA in 11.0 innings.

The Dominican Republic native will be returning to Milwaukee, where he won 11 games for the Brewers in 2007.  In seven big league seasons, the right-hander is 46-40 with a 4.89 ERA in 172 games (114 starts).   

Rottino is expected to report to Chattanooga.  

Vinny Rottino
Vincent Antonio Rottino
Bats- right  Throws- right
Height- 6-0  Weight- 195
Born- April 7, 1980 in Racine, WY

year    Class   ave   obp  slug   ops   gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  
2003	Rookie .311  .404  .369  .373   64  222  42  69  10  0  1  20  
2004	Cl A   .304  .352  .482  .834   78  529  78 161  25  9 17 124  
2005	Cl AA  .296  .351  .403  .754  120  498  63 139  20  6  6  52  
   	Cl AAA .345  .406  .483  .889    9   32   4  10   1  0  1   2  
2006	Cl AAA .314  .379  .440  .819  117  398  55 125  25  2  7  42 
2007	Cl AAA .289  .363  .446  .809  107  377  59 109  17  3 12  53 
2008	Cl AAA .260  .313  .392  .705  118  431  59 112  30  3  7  55  
2009	Cl AA  .249  .339  .323  .662   98  341  45  85  13  0  4  48  

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