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Dodgers get outfielder Jamie Hoffmann back

March 22, 2010 | 12:24 pm

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Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann, acquired by the New York Yankees in a trade following the Rule 5 draft in December, was returned to the Dodgers on Monday.

Hoffmann, 25, appeared in 14 games for the Dodgers last season, batting .182. But his four hits included a home run, two doubles and seven RBIs. In five minor league seasons, he hit .283. He played in 11 games for the Yankees this spring, hitting .130 without an RBI in 23 at-bats.

He was taken by the Washington Nationals during the Rule 5 draft, then traded immediately to the Yankees. Under terms of the Rule 5 draft, which takes place on the final day of baseball's annual winter meetings, players not protected on the 40-man roster can be claimed by other teams for $50,000. But if the claimed player is not kept on the selecting team's 25-man major league roster all season, he must be offered back to his original organization for $25,000, a fee the Dodgers paid Monday for Hoffmann.

FOR THE RECORD: Hoffmann’s last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.

-- Kevin Baxter in Glendale, Ariz.

Photo: Jamie Hoffmann crashes into the outfield wall after catching a fly ball earlier this month. Credit: Kathy Willens / Associated Press

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