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Dodgers acquire Seo and Humalack from Mets for Sanchez and Schmoll
01/04/2006 3:01 PM ET
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti today announced that the club has acquired pitchers Jae Seo and Tim Hamulack from the New York Mets in exchange for pitchers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll.

"With the addition of Seo and Hamulack, we have added some depth to our pitching staff," said Colletti. "Seo's had success as a starter and is another option for us in the rotation. He knows how to pitch and has a great work ethic. Hamulack has developed to the point of being a strong candidate for a left-handed role in our bullpen."

Seo, 28, went 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 14 starts with the Mets in 2005 and the right-hander posted a 5-0 record in eight starts at Shea Stadium. With a combined 15-6 overall record with the Mets and Triple-A Norfolk, Seo registered 170 strikeouts and 46 walks in 212 innings. The South Korea native was named the Mets' Pitcher of the Month in August with a 4-0 record and 1.75 ERA in five starts. His 1.30 ERA through seven starts in 2005 was the third lowest by a Mets pitcher through his first seven starts of a season (Frank Viola, 0.87 ERA to begin 1990; Nolan Ryan had a 1.05 ERA in 1971). At Triple-A Norfolk of the International League, Seo went 7-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 19 starts. Seo broke into the Major Leagues with New York in 2002 and has compiled a lifetime 22-24 record and 3.85 ERA in 71 games (66 starts).

Hamulack, 29, made his Major League debut in 2005 after making 382 Minor League appearances in 10 seasons. The left-hander went 2-2 with a 1.26 ERA and six saves in 21 games at Double-A Binghamton and 3-1 with a 1.02 ERA and six saves in 28 games at Triple-A Norfolk. In 64 innings overall, Hamulack registered 61 strikeouts, 15 walks and surrendered only one home run. The Mets purchased the New York native's contract on September 1 and he made his debut the following day against Florida, retiring the only batter he faced (Carlos Delgado). In six appearances with New York, Hamulack allowed six runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings and had no decisions.

Sanchez, 26, was 4-7 with a 3.73 ERA in 79 games for the Dodgers in 2005. He ranked tied for second in the National League in appearances and topped his previous career high of 67 games pitched in 2004. He assumed the closer's role in August and converted all eight of his save opportunities through the remainder of the season.

Schmoll, 25, originally was a non-drafted free agent who signed with Los Angeles in 2003 and made the 2005 Opening Day roster after an impressive Spring Training. He went 2-2 with a 5.01 ERA with three saves in 48 appearances. Schmoll also spent time at Triple-A Las Vegas and compiled a 0-3 record and 4.78 ERA with five saves in 22 games.

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