Dodgers, Mets swap outfielders
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The New York Mets traded outfielder Billy McKinney to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday for minor-league outfielder Carlos Rincon and cash. The NL East-leading Mets also claimed right-hander Roel Ramirez off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets acquired McKinney from Milwaukee on May 25. In 39 games with New York, the 26-year-old batted .220 (20 for 91) with 6 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs and 14 RBI. He was designated for assignment on July 16. The 23-year-old Rincon hit .263 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 63 games at Class AA Tulsa. The 26-year- old Ramirez will be optioned to Class AAA Syracuse. He pitched in one game for St. Louis this year and one game last season.