|Giants make deal with rival Dodgers, sending Sweeney to L.A.|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 09 August 2007 13:56|
Sweeney had a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning of San Francisco's 3-1 loss to Washington on Thursday, his major league-leading 16th of the season and 155th of his career. Sweeney trails only Lenny Harris with 212 on the career list.
The last time the Giants and Dodgers made a trade, San Francisco sent catcher Alex Trevino to Los Angeles in December 1985 for outfielder Candy Maldonado.
The Dodgers, who trail Arizona by 4 1/2 games in the NL West heading into the Diamondbacks' night game against Pittsburgh on Thursday, received a player to be named.
Sweeney is 16-for-49 (.327) as a pinch-hitter this season and has 11 hits in his last 23 times up in the pinch. The Dodgers have struggled in that situation this season with their pinch-hitters batting just .235 (36-for-153).
``He's been around this game for a long time,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ``You've got a club that is contending that wants one of the best pinch-hitters in the game. He should be flattered.''
Sweeney can also play first base and outfield for the Dodgers, who have struggled offensively. Los Angeles snapped a 28-inning scoreless streak earlier Thursday in a 5-4, 11-inning win over Cincinnati.
Sweeney's tenure in San Francisco will be remembered most for a link to a reported failed amphetamines test by Barry Bonds. The New York Daily News reported in January that Bonds failed an amphetamines test last season and initially attributed it to a substance he took from Sweeney's locker. Bonds later said he never got amphetamines from Sweeney.
Sweeney is in the final year of a $1.8 million, two-year contract. He is the second veteran player the Giants have traded in the past two weeks, following the deal of starter Matt Morris to Pittsburgh. With the Giants in last place in the NL West, more deals could be coming before the Aug. 31 trade deadline.
The Giants will call up outfielder Dan Ortmeier from Triple-A Fresno to take Sweeney's spot on the roster.