Padres acquire Watt, Perez from Dodgers

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres today acquired left-handed pitcher Michael Watt and right-handed pitcher Eduardo Perez from the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing the August 19 trade that sent Greg Maddux to the Dodgers.

Michael Watt, 19, made 15 starts for Rookie-level Ogden this season. The left-hander went 9-4 with a 4.35 ERA (39 ER/80.2 IP), 79 strikeouts and 21 walks while tossing two complete games. Watt went 4-0 over his final four starts of 2008, posting a 3.72 ERA (12 ER/29.0 IP). Over parts of two seasons in the Dodgers organization (2007-08), Watt is 9-4 with a 4.07 ERA (46 ER/101.2 IP) with 97 strikeouts in 25 games (21 starts). A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., he was selected by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Capistrano Valley High School.

Eduardo Perez, 20, went 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA (21 ER/56.0 IP) in 12 games (10 starts) between the Ogden Raptors and Gulf Coast League Dodgers in 2008. He recorded 52 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .240 batting average. Perez, a native of Urribarri, Venezuela, was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2005. Over parts of four seasons in the Dodgers organization, he is 7-9 with a 3.50 ERA (36 ER/92.2 IP) and 84 strikeouts in 32 games (14 starts).

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