Dodgers trade Odalis Perez, acquire Elmer Dessens

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Dodgers finally rid themselves of the headache that was Odalis Perez today, trading the left-hander to Kansas City and reacquiring right-handed reliever Elmer Dessens. Also going to the Royals in the deal were right-handed pitching prospects Blake Johnson and Julio Pimentel, both of the Dodgers’ Single-A Vero Beach affiliate, and what probably is a boatload of cash. The Dodgers still owe Perez approximately $16.5 million of the three-year, $24 million deal he signed two winters ago. Because Perez was traded in the middle of a multi-year contract, he has the right to demand another trade after this season, but is unlikely to do so because there doesn’t figure to be much of a market for him. Dessens spent part of 2004 and all of 2005 with the Dodgers, providing a solid presence in the bullpen and an occasional spot starter. The club opted not to pick up his club option for 2006 and allowed him to become a free agent, whereupon he signed a two-year, $3.4 million deal with the Royals. “He is happy to be going back and to have the chance to win,” said Oscar Suarez, Dessens’ Phoenix-based agent. “He did enjoy Kansas City, enjoyed his teammates and enjoyed the ballclub. It’s too bad things didn’t work out there. But he is happy to come back, because he never wanted to leave L.A. in the first place.” Perez wore out his welcome in Los Angeles even before former general manager Paul DePodesta gave him his new contract after failing to sign a host of other free-agent pitchers that winter. But it was clear on July 13, when Perez popped off publicly about the way he was being used after giving up a walkoff homer to St. Louis’ Albert Pujols in the 14th-inning and said he was tired of being treated “like trash,” that he was on his way out if GM Ned Colletti could find another club willing to take him. Johnson was the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2004. Pimentel was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2003.last_img read more