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LOS ANGELES ? (AP) ? The Los Angeles Dodgers, in search of starting pitching, acquired right-hander Jae Seo and left-handed reliever Tim Hamulack from the New York Mets on Wednesday for right-handed relievers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll.


Seo, a 28-year-old South Korean, made 14 starts for the Mets last season, going 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA. He walked 16 and struck out 59 in 90 1-3 innings. He also spent time with Triple-A Norfolk.


Seo went 5-10 with a 4.90 ERA for the Mets in 2004.


"The thought process behind this was Seo's going to get a chance to start,'' Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "He had a real good year with the Mets and in Triple-A, pitched close to 200 innings.


"This gives us a little more depth in the starting rotation. I don't think this will prohibit us from getting

another starter in either free agency or in a trade. One more would be good. I think we have a rotation now that's capable of throwing 180 innings, 200, 210 through all five starters.''


Los Angeles signed free-agent right-hander Brett Tomko last month. Other returning starters are right-handers Brad Penny and Derek Lowe and left-hander Odalis Perez. Jeff Weaver, a 14-game winner last season, is a free agent.


The 29-year-old Hamulack pitched mostly in the minors last season. He appeared in six games for the Mets, allowing seven hits and six earned runs in 2 1-3 innings.


The 26-year-old Sanchez was 4-7 with a 3.73 ERA and eight saves in 79 games last season, serving as the Dodgers' closer late in the year. He was a setup man in 2004, going 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 67 games.


Sanchez made his big league debut in 2002 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2002-03 before the Dodgers claimed him on waivers after the 2003 season.


The 25-year-old Schmoll, signed by Los Angeles in May 2003, was 2-2 with a 5.01 ERA and three saves for the Dodgers and 0-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 22 games for Triple-A Las Vegas last season.

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