Dodgers Receive Link and Ely From WSox

The Dodgers received two minor-league pitchers on Friday as the players to be named in the trade that sent outfielder Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox earlier in the week. As we reported earlier, right-handers Jon Link and John Ely join the Dodgers organization and are likely to pitch for the Isotopes in 2010.

Link, 26, went 1-2 with a 3.99 ERA and 13 saves with Triple-A Charlotte last season. He entered the season as Chicago's No. 22 prospect, according to Baseball America. Link had a minor-league-leading 35 saves with Double-A Birmingham in 2008. Link was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster.

Armed with a three-pitch arsenal, rare for a reliever, Link could make the Dodgers 25-man roster or replace the departed Scott Strickland as the Albuquerque Isotopes' closer in 2010. Link features a sinking fastball, a changeup and his out pitch, a hard slider.

He's known as a hard thrower who has encountered control troubles for most of his seven professional seasons. He has gone 17-15 with a 3.87 ERA (126 ER/ 293 IP) and 67 saves over five Minor League seasons in the San Diego (2005-07) and White Sox (2007-09) organizations.

Ely, 23, went 14-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 27 starts for Birmingham last season. He led the Southern League with 125 strikeouts and tied for the league lead in wins. He will also be given a shot at the fifth starters role.

Ely was ranked No. 11 on the White Sox top 30 prospects list by Baseball America entering 2009. He features a curveball, 88-94 mph fastball and a changeup that he uses as his out pitch. He is known for a changeup, an adequate fastball and is considered by scouts to be a fifth-starter or long-relief candidate.

Pierre has two years remaining on his contract for a total of $18.5 million in salary, of which the Dodgers will pay $10.5 million, with the White Sox paying $8 million. The primary purpose of the deal for the Dodgers was to provide some payroll relief to redirect toward obtaining a starting pitcher.

Other signings
Outfielder Brian Barton, who played 82 games for St. Louis in 2008 and had a one-game appearance in 2009 for Atlanta. ...Outfielder Prentice Redman, 30, brother of former Major Leaguer Tike Redman, last played in the Major Leagues in 2003 with the Mets. He'd been in Seattle's farm system the past three years. ...RHP Luis Ayala, 32, split 2009 between Minnesota and Florida, with a composite 1-5 record and 5.63 ERA. The right-handed reliever pitched five years for Montreal/Washington and also for the Mets in 2008. ...And former Dodgers RHP Francisco Felix who split time in 2009 between Double-A and Triple-A, Infielder Doug Mientkiewicz and Angel Berroa, who was with Los Angeles in 2008. In addition, Right-handed reliever Scott Proctor and utility man Joe Thurston will be invited to participate in big league camp with the Braves in 2010 and outfielder Milton Bradley was traded to Seattle by the Cubs.