Marlins trade Encarnacion to Dodgers for player to be named

Updated: December 13, 2003, 11:51 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS -- The World Series champion Florida Marlins traded outfielder Juan Encarnacion to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday for a player to be named.

The Dodgers were eager to add offense after scoring a major league-low 574 runs last season. Encarnacion joined catcher Ivan Rodriguez, first baseman Derrek Lee and closer Ugueth Urbina as players to leave the Marlins since they won the title.

Encarnacion hit .270 with 19 home runs and 94 RBIss last season. He had a team-high 37 doubles and also stole 19 bases. He has not made an error in his last 220 games.

"We're very pleased to have been able to obtain a very talented outfielder who combines power and speed," Dodgers general manager Dan Evans said. "He's an outstanding defensive outfielder and his bat will fit nicely in our lineup."

Shawn Green was the Dodgers' full-time right fielder last season, but the All-Star's production sharply dipped to 19 home runs and 85 RBIss. Brian Jordan and Jeromy Burnitz, the most-used left fielder last season, have been let loose as free agents.

Encarnacion slumped in the postseason, batting only .184 with two homers and three RBIss in 15 games. In the clinching Game 6 of the World Series against the New York Yankees, his sixth-inning sacrifice fly provided the final run in a 2-0 victory.

Despite starting 155 games in right field during the regular season, his October struggles cost him a starting spot in Game 3 of the World Series. With no DH at Miami, he was benched while Jeff Conine, Juan Pierre and Miguel Cabrera played the outfield.

"I'm not going to lie. I worked hard all year to be playing at this point, so I'm not real happy with the situation," Encarnacion said before that game. "Anybody in my shoes is not going to be happy."

Encarnacion, 27, was traded from Cincinnati with Wilton Guerrero to the Marlins on July 11, 2002, for Ryan Dempster and a minor leaguer. Encarnacion hit .271 with 24 homers and 85 RBIss with 21 steals for the Reds and Florida that season.

Encarnacion began his career with Detroit in 1997. He is a .270 lifetime hitter with 96 homers, 403 RBIss and 108 stolen bases.

"We charted him as a guy six weeks ago that we wanted to pursue," Evans said. "We wanted him for a long time, but we just didn't have the right fit."

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