Dodgers Non-Tender Werth and Hall

The Dodgers non-tendered outfielder Jayson Werth and catcher Toby Hall just before the deadline Tuesday. Pitchers Joe Beimel and Mark Hendrickson are the only two players left who are arbitration-eligible.

Werth missed almost all of the past two seasons after being hit by a pitch in the first exhibition game of the 2005 season. He did play about 100 games but hit only .234 and since has had multiple operations to correct the problem and didn't see any action in 2006.

Werth had a remarkable half-season in 2004, whacking 16 home runs as a part-time outfielder, but the present management and staff knew little about him.

Under the new agreement, the club can still re-sign Werth, who made $355,000 last season, but he no longer is eligible for arbitration.

"We tried to negotiate a contract based upon the amount he played the last two years, but we couldn't come to an agreement," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "Rather than go through the arbitration process, we decided to set him free. But we still have the same negotiating rights to him as everybody else."

Hall had been unhappy because of a lack of playing time since being traded from Tampa Bay in June. Colletti tried unsuccessfully for weeks to trade Hall but was unsuccessful.

Hall, 31, was acquired with Hendrickson from Tampa Bay on June 27 in exchange for catcher Dioner Navarro and Minor League outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Hall hit .368 (21-for-57) while reluctantly backing up Russell Martin. The signing of Mike Lieberthal as backup catcher made Hall expendable, and his $2.25 million salary would have been implimented if he was allowed to go to arbitration.

Osoria Lost on Waivers-- Reliever Franquelis Osoria has been claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh. The move was to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, which was full before Hall and Werth were non-tendered.

This may indicate that some sort of a trade is in the works but Colletti was non-committal and only said, "I'm not sutre," when asked.

Toronto's Vernon Wells believed to be at the top of the Dodgers trade list, and a middle reliever. Sources feel that after signing free agent pitchers Randy Wolf and Jason Schmidt, the club would be willing to trade right-hander Brad Penny.

Osoria opened the season with the Dodgers and appeared in 12 games. Over 17+ innings he allowed a staggering 27 hits and 14 runs before being option to Las Vegas on May 19.

He didn't distinguish himself with the 51s, posting a 2-2, 4.35 record and allowing 81 hits over 52 innings, walking 21 and striking out 28.

He pitched well with the Dodgers in 2005 and his manager in L.A. at the time, Jim Tracy asked the Pirates if they would claim him on waivers.

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