Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Betemit for Proctor

From "Yankees to get infielder Betemit from L.A. for reliever Proctor" (ESPN.com):

The Dodgers and Yankees have agreed in principle on a trade that would send reliever Scott Proctor to the Dodgers for infielder Wilson Betemit, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

The Dodgers, who have a 5.61 bullpen ERA since the All-Star break, have been in on a number of trade discussions involving relievers but zeroed in on Proctor over the last 24 hours.

The Yankees view Betemit as another first-base/DH/bench option for this year, and a potential third-base replacement for Alex Rodriguez next year.

Betemit is batting .231 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs this season off the Dodgers' bench. Proctor is 2-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 54 1/3 innings out of the Yankees' bullpen.

Bad trade. One of our few power threats for a headcase reliever? A band-aid solution at best that will make little difference in the post-season, if there is a post-season for the Dodgers.