The Dodgers shipped Chin-Lung Hu off to the New York Mets today for minor league left-handed pitcher Michael Antonini.
The middle infielder, who is all glove and no bat, is out of options. He actually wasn't that bad at the minors league level, batting .303 over four season in AAA. But he could never hit major league pitching, batting just .191 in 173 at bats over four seasons in Los Angeles.
Dodger Thoughts' Jon Weisman has the scoop on Antonini:
Antonini has primarily been a starting pitcher in the minors and was exclusively so in 2010, posting a 4.32 ERA with 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 23 Double-A starts and a 5.11 ERA with 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings in six Triple-A starts. This does not compare favorably, for example, with the credentials John Ely had when he was acquired by the Dodgers a year ago, so I wouldn't count on Antonini being much of a factor in 2011. But you never know.
At least the Dodgers got something in return for Hu, who was out of options.