Dodgers trade INF The­riot to Cards for Hawksworth

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

ST. LOUIS: The St. Louis Car­di­nals got a new in­fielder in Ryan The­riot, while the Los An­ge­les Dodgers for­ti­fied their bullpen with Blake Hawksworth.

Deal­ing from sur­plus af­ter sign­ing free-agent in­fielder Juan Uribe, the Dodgers sent The­riot to St. Louis for Hawksworth on Tues­day.

The Car­di­nals com­pleted an­other deal, too, sign­ing freeagent pitcher Brian Tal­let. The­riot and Tal­let were team­mates on the 2000 LSU team that won the NCAA ti­tle.

The­riot hit .270 with 29 RBIs last sea­son with the Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. He has played both mid­dle in­field spots, but prefers short­stop.

"We felt this was a re­ally good fit for us," Car­di­nals gen­eral man­ager John Mozeliak said. "This is not nec­es­sar­ily the last move we're go­ing to make be­tween now and open­ing day, but if we did have to start to­day he would likely be our short­stop."

"I think ev­ery player as a com­peti­tor should go in there with that mind­set," The­riot said on a con­fer­ence call. "I don't want to be that util­ity player, I want to be out there play­ing. I can't help a team if I'm sit­ting on the bench."

Mozeliak said last year's start­ing short­stop, Bren­dan Ryan, would ei­ther be traded or would be­come a util­ity backup. Ryan has great range de­fen­sively but had a poor of­fen­sive sea­son, bat­ting .223 with a .279 on-base per­cent­age.

"I'm not go­ing to rule out any­thing right now," Mozeliak said. "It's way too soon to de­cide that fate." -Afp

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