08/18/2002 6:26 pm ET
Texas deals Valdes
Seattle nabs right-handed starter for stretch run
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers traded right-handed pitcher Ismael Valdes to the Seattle Mariners for two prospects: left-handed pitcher Derrick Van Dusen and infielder Jermaine Clark.
"It's a deal we had to make because of the players we are getting," Rangers GM John Hart said. "We are able to send two players into our system for a player who will be a free agent at the end of the year."
Valdes was 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 23 starts with the Rangers after being signed as a free agent in January. He has a career Major League record of 78-83 with the Dodgers, Cubs, Angels, and Rangers.
"Look at me, do I have a sad face? I'm very excited," Valdes said. "I have a chance to go get a ring and that's what all players want. My teammates knew I gave everything I had. My record does not show it, but I gave all I had."
Valdes was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday in Boston. Instead, Kenny Rogers will pitch in his place. Rob Bell is slated to pitch the series finale against the Red Sox on Thursday. Chan Ho Park and Aaron Myette will pitch the first two games against New York, starting Friday. Joaquin Benoit, who is scheduled to pitch the series opener against Boston on Tuesday, will likely pitch on Sunday.
"We were able to put together a deal last night and Izzy is the pitcher they wanted. I think they made a good choice," Hart said. "I'm surprised there was not more interest in him. His record is deceiving because he did not have a lot of run support and he was a victim of the bullpen."
As for the players acquired, Van Dusen, 21, will be assigned from San Bernardino of the California League to Double-A Tulsa of the Texas League. Clark, 25, will be assigned from Tacoma to Oklahoma of the Pacific Coast League.
Van Dusen, Seattle's fifth-round pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, is 8-8 with 3.78 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 25 games this season. He spent most of the season at San Bernardino, going 7-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 20 starts. He has the fourth-lowest ERA in the California League and held opponents to a .237 average. He pitched with San Antonio from July 7-Aug. 3, going 1-2 with a 7.20 ERA in five games.
He has a 20-14 record in three pro seasons, with 323 strikeouts in 305 1/3 innings. He tied for the Arizona League lead in wins with six in 2000.
Clark is hitting .266 with six homers and 36 RBIs for Triple-A Tacoma this season, appearing in 101 games at second base and also playing at shortstop. The left-handed hitter ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 29 stolen bases. He batted primarily in the leadoff and second spot for the Rainiers.
He was originally selected by the Mariners in the fifth round of the 1997 draft and is in his sixth pro season. He was selected by Detroit in the 2000 Rule V Draft and opened 2001 with the Tigers, appearing in three games before being returned to the Seattle organization. Clark has scored 80 or more runs three times, including a California League-best 112 at Class A Lancaster in 1999. He has had five seasons with 20 or more stolen bases.
To replace Valdes on the roster, Texas recalled right-handed pitcher Reynaldo Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma. Garcia, 27, is 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA and four saves in 18 games with Oklahoma. He was 5-1 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 games with Tulsa this season. The right-hander pitched in two games with Texas in his first Major League action, allowing three hits and three runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Jesse Sanchez covers the Texas Rangers for MLB.com. He can
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