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06/27/2006 3:05 PM ET
Rays acquire Navarro and Seo from Dodgers
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have acquired 22-year-old switch-hitting catcher Dioner Navarro, right handed pitcher Jae Seo and a player to be named later from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for catcher Toby Hall, left handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson and cash, it was announced today.

Navarro (pronounced Dee-ahner Nu-var-oh) opened the season as the Dodgers primary catcher before suffering a bruised right wrist May 4 against the Padres when he was hit with foul tip. He batted .280 (21-for-75) with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in 25 games for the Dodgers before landing on the disabled list May 5. He returned from the DL on June 16 and was optioned to AAA Las Vegas where he has played 11 games for the 51's and has batted .175 (7-40) with two doubles and two RBI.

Navarro, originally signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Yankees in 2000 at the age of 16, has appeared in 70 major league games in his career including five with the Yankees in 2004 when he made his big-league debut becoming the third-youngest player in the majors that year (behind TB's BJ Upton and KC's Angel Berroa). He owns a .994 career fielding percentage committing just three errors behind the plate.

Seo, 29, was 2-4 with a 5.78 ERA, 25 walks and 49 strikeouts in 67.0 innings over 19 games, 10 starts, for the Dodgers this season, his first in Los Angeles. Signed by the Mets as a free agent in 1997, Seo made his major league debut with New York in 2002 without issuing a walk to his first 103 batters faced, the longest such streak since World War II. In 90 career appearances, 76 starts, over parts or all of the last five seasons, he his 24-28 with a 4.13 ERA and a 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio (273-SO, 137-BB).

Seo (whose full name is pronounced Jay So) is a native of Kwanju, South Korea. He is one of 12 Koreans to have played Major League Baseball.

Hall, 30, was batting .231 (51-for-221) with 13 doubles and 8 home runs in 64 games with the Rays this season. He owns a .262 batting average in 578 career games all coming with Tampa Bay over the last seven years. He has been the opening day catcher for the Rays each of the last five seasons, most in club history. He ranks among the Rays all-time leaders in games (578-2nd most), doubles (112-2nd most), RBI (251-3rd most), home runs (44-4th most) and hits (538-4th most).

Hendrickson, 32, was 4-8 with a 3.81 ERA in 13 starts for the Rays this season. The former NBA player's 74 starts and 25 wins with Tampa Bay are the most by a lefthander in club history. He has led the Rays in wins each of the last two seasons while posting 4 of the team's last 5 complete games.

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