Philadelphia In the first significant trade of the offseason, Philadelphia pitcher Omar Daal was dealt to Los Angeles on Friday for minor league pitchers Eric Junge and Jesus Cordero.
"We have acquired two very good young pitching prospects. Both project as major league pitchers, one as a starter and the other as a reliever," Phillies general manager Ed Wade said.
Daal rebounded from a 4-19 record in 2000 with Arizona and Philadelphia to become the Phillies' opening-day starter this year. The left-hander won nine of his first 11 starts, but was inconsistent during the rest of the season and ended up fifth in manager Larry Bowa's rotation. He finished 13-7 with a 4.46 ERA.
Facing the potential loss of Chan Ho Park to free agency and with Darren Dreifort out until at least midseason, Los Angeles needed a starter.
The Dodgers were familiar with Daal from manager Jim Tracy, who was a bench coach for Montreal when Daal pitched there.
Wade said the team projected Junge as a "solid 4th starter, possibly a three," and Cordero as a relief "project." He said both players would take some time to make the major league club.
Wade said the Phillies are still looking for a veteran to replace Daal. The team shopped him for an established starter, but found no buyers.
Daal criticized Bowa late in the season after he was passed over in the rotation during a key series against Atlanta. Philadelphia finished two games behind the Braves.
Wade said tension between the manager and player played a "minimal" role in the trade.
Daal came to the Phillies in July 2000 along with Nelson Figueroa, Vicente Padilla and first baseman Travis Lee in a trade with Arizona for this year's World Series co-MVP, Curt Schilling. Daal's $5 million option for 2002 was exercised Thursday by the Phillies.
Junge and Cordero, both right-handers, haven't pitched in the major leagues. Junge was 10-11 with a 3.46 ERA at Double-A Jacksonville last season. Cordero went 8-4 with nine saves and a 2.47 ERA with Class A Wilmington.