Dodgers Pick up Veteran Ron Belliard

The NL West-leading Dodgers added veteran infield depth by obtaining infielder Ronnie Belliard from the Washington Nationals for Great Lakes pitcher Luis Garcia and a player to be named later.

The 34-year-old Belliard batted .246 with five homers and 22 RBIs for Washington. He'll join the Dodgers in Los Angeles before their game tonight (Monday) against Arizona, making him eligible for postseason play.

"He gives us some offense," manager Joe Torre said. "He can play around the infield, probably all positions but shortstop. It gives me the ability to spell these guys. And he gives us a little more depth with experience coming off the bench."

Belliard started at second base for St. Louis during its 2006 World Series championship, batting .240 with four RBIs during the playoffs. The Dodgers will have to make a roster move to open a spot for him.

Garcia is a 22-year-old right-hander who went 5-3 with five saves and a 2.92 ERA in 34 appearances for Class A Great Lakes. He signed as a non-drafted free agent inn 2004 and played two years with the Dominican Dodgers, one with the Gulf League Dodgers and for Ogden last season.

For the Raptors in 2008, he held Pioneer League batters to a .193 average, including .163 mark against left-handers. He struck out 37 in 30 innings and was 9/11 in save opportunities.

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