The Dodgers have added another starting pitcher to their rotation, claiming right-hander Esteban Loaiza on waivers from the A's.
The teams did not complete a trade for Loaiza; the A's simply allowed the Dodgers to assume the rest of Loaiza's contract — less than $1 million this season, plus Loaiza's entire $7 million salary for 2008.
Loazia, 35, joins a rotation that recently was bolstered by the signing of left-hander David Wells, who had been released by the Padres. The Dodgers are 4 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West and 3 1/2 games behind the Padres for the wild-card lead.
Loaiza had spent the entire season on the disabled list with a bulging disc in his neck before rejoining the A's rotation last week. He has since made two starts, both against the Blue Jays, in which he allowed only three earned runs in 14 2/3 innings.
The Dodgers also have right-handers Derek Lowe, Brad Penny, Chad Billingsley and Jason Schmidt under control in 2008, though Schmidt will be coming off right-shoulder surgery. The team holds a $9 million option on left-hander Randy Wolf that it is unlikely to exercise.
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