Dodgers pick up bat, getting Anderson from Nationals

Updated: September 1, 2006, 1:38 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers picked up a left-handed bat for the stretch drive late Thursday, acquiring infielder-outfielder Marlon Anderson from the Washington Nationals and cash for pitching prospect Jhonny Nunez.

 Marlon Anderson
Anderson

The deal was made on the final day players must be part of an organization to be eligible for postseason play. The Dodgers lead their division by three games over the San Diego Padres with 29 games remaining.

Anderson was dealt about an hour after scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in Washington's 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

"As I told Marlon, You've got a chance to go to the World Series," Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said. "They've got a good club, and when you look at the teams that are going to be in the playoffs in our league, the Dodgers and Mets have as good a shot of getting to play an American League team as anybody."

Anderson, 32, served as a utility player for the Nationals, hitting .274 with five homers and 23 RBI in 109 games.

"Marlon is a valuable addition to our club from the left side of the plate," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "He's had a lot of success coming off the bench and has also had experience in the postseason."

Anderson led the majors with 35 pinch hits combined in the 2004-05 seasons. He was a member of the NL champion St. Louis Cardinals in 2004. He has also played for the Phillies, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Mets.

Colletti said the Dodgers had been looking for a left-handed bat off the bench, and had spoken with the Nationals about Anderson along with a couple other teams about potential deals.

"He's been through a lot of different things, he was part of a World Series team in 2004," Colletti said. "We watched the game tonight, we saw him score the winning run."

Anderson had three hits in five at-bats while playing center field in his final game with Washington. He joined the Nationals this year and is signed through next season.

Regarding Nunez, Colletti said: "He's a very young pitcher and he has a long way to go. We're comfortable moving him."

The Nationals also traded first baseman Daryle Ward to Atlanta for Luis Atilano, a 21-year-old pitching prospect. Atilano had Tommy John surgery Aug. 10.


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