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07/31/2004 1:35 AM ET

Marlins acquire Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota, Juan Encarnacion and cash from Dodgers in exchange for Hee Seop Choi, Brad Penny and Bill Murphy




MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins today announced they have acquired two-time All-Star catcher Paul Lo Duca, right-handed pitcher Guillermo Mota, outfielder Juan Encarnacion and cash from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for infielder Hee Seop Choi, right-handed pitcher Brad Penny and minor league left-hander Bill Murphy. Senior Vice President and General Manager Admin Beinfest made the announcement.

Lo Duca, a 5-10, 185 pound right-handed hitting catcher, appeared in 91 games for the Dodgers, hitting .301 with 18 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 49 RBI. He was named to his second National League All-Star squad this season, following his first selection last year. He has a .995 fielding percentage in his games played behind the plate, in left field and at first base and has caught 16 of 70 opposing baserunners this season, a 23 percent success rate.


Lo Duca, originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the 1993 June Free Agent Draft, played 588 games with Los Angeles and posted a .287 batting average with 122 doubles, four triples, 57 home runs and 275 RBI. He set career bests in batting average, home runs and RBI in 2001, as he hit .320 with 25 homers and 90 RBI. He posted a career-high 38 doubles in 2002, when he played in a career-best 149 games. In his 2,361 career plate appearances, Lo Duca has drawn 155 walks and fanned only 160 times.


Mota, a 6-4, 210 pound right-hander, appeared in 52 games with the Dodgers, compiling an 8-4 record with one save and a 2.14 ERA. He allowed 15 runs (15 ER) on 51 hits with 27 walks and 52 strikeouts over 63.0 innings (.228 BAA). Mota is tied with Cincinnati's Todd Jones and Minnesota's Juan Rincon for the Major League lead in wins by a reliever, while his 2.14 relief ERA ranks 10th in the National League.


Mota, originally signed by the New York Mets as a nondrafted free agent on September 7, 1990, has appeared in 304 games, all in relief, over his six-year Major League career (three years with Montreal and three with LA). He has a career record of 19-18 with two saves and a 3.29 ERA, allowing 143 runs (133 ER) over 363.2 innings, allowing a .229 opponent batting average.


Encarnacion, acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins on December 13, 2003 for a player to be named later (OF Travis Ezi on December 15, 2003), played in 86 games with Los Angeles, hitting .235 with 18 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 43 RBI.


The 6-3, 215 pound right-handed hitter spent one and a half seasons with Florida (2002 and 2003) after being acquired from Cincinnati (with INF Wilton Guerrero and LHP Ryan Snare) on July 11, 2002 for RHP Ryan Dempster. Encarnacion played in 225 games with the Marlins, combining for a .267 batting average with 48 doubles, nine triples, 27 home runs and 128 RBI. He posted his first "20-20" season in 2002, totaling 24 homers and 21 stolen bases in 152 games with the Reds and Marlins.


Encarnacion hit .270 with 37 doubles, six triples, 19 homers and 94 RBI in 156 games with the Fish last year. He started a career-high 155 of Florida's 162 games in right field, establishing single-season bests in hits, RBI, doubles and runs scored. He tallied 162 hits, including a team-leading 37 doubles. His 19 home runs tied for the second-best single-season mark in his career. He completed the entire season without making an error, handling 336 total chances, one of three outfielders without an error on the season (among MLB qualifiers), with Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins and St. Louis' Orlando Palmiero.


Encarnacion has played in 837 games with Detroit, Cincinnati, Florida and Los Angeles and is a career .266 hitter with 109 home runs and 446 RBI.


Penny appeared in 131 games (130 starts) over four and a half seasons with the Marlins after being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 9, 1999 (with RHP Vladimir Nunez and a PTBNL - OF Abraham Nunez on December 13, 1999 - in exchange for RHP Matt Mantei). He made 21 starts for the Fish in 2004 and posted an 8-8 record with a 3.15 ERA in 131.1 innings. Penny holds the Marlins' all-time record for victories with 48, surpassing the mark of 42, held by Ryan Dempster prior to the start of the year. In his time with the Marlins, Penny posted a 48-42 record with a 4.04 ERA in 781.2 innings.


Choi, acquired by the Marlins on November 23, 2003 with a player to be named later (RHP Mike Nannini on December 15, 2003) in exchange for first baseman Derrek Lee, appeared in 95 games with the Fish, posting career highs in home runs (15), RBI (40) with a .270 batting average. Choi homered in his first career game as a Marlin, April 6 vs. the Expos, off RHP Livan Hernandez, and hit the game-winning three-run shot off RHP Tim Worrell on Wednesday night in a 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.


Murphy (6-0, 190), a left-handed pitcher acquired by Florida from Oakland as the player to be named later in the December 13, 2003 deal brought right-hander Mike Neu to Florida in exchange for lefty Mark Redman, made 20 appearances (all starts) for AA Carolina and went 6-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 103.2 innings, allowing a .221 batting average.



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