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After signing Juan Uribe, Dodgers send Ryan Theriot to Cardinals for reliever

November 30, 2010 |  1:40 pm

Minutes after the Dodgers officially announced the signing of infielder Juan Uribe, they sent Ryan Theriot to the Cardinals for right-hander Blake Hawksworth.

No tears were shed.

Theriot was going to be non-tendered after the signing of Uribe, so at least the Dodgers were able to get something for him.

Hawksworth went 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA for the Cardinals last season in 45 games (nine starts), and will turn 28 in March, so it’s not like he has some kind of exciting upside. But at least he’s someone who can eat up some middle innings and provide an emergency start, which, at this point, is more than you would have expected to get in return for Theriot.

Theriot came along with Ted Lilly from the Cubs for second baseman Blake DeWitt at the trading deadline, and continued an unimpressive season. In 54 games for the Dodgers, he hit an empty .242, with one homer, a .323 on-base percentage and a lowly .283 slugging percentage.

He had a little speed, was probably better defensively than anticipated and was good in the clubhouse, but he hurt the lineup and just wasn’t going to help the Dodgers win.

It made for a brief, unmemorable Dodger career. But right now, brief sounds good.

-- Steve Dilbeck