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Padres swap infielders, pitchers with A’s

November 27, 1997

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The San Diego Padres continued to reshape their bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring right-hander Don Wengert and infielder David Newhan from the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Doug Bochtler and infielder Jorge Velandia.

The Padres also announced that Monday’s agreement on a minor-league contract with right-hander Jose Parra has been nullified. The deal was negotiated by someone who misrepresented himself as Parra’s agent, the team said. Parra had previously agreed to pitch in Korea in 1998.

Wengert went 5-11 with two saves and a 6.04 ERA in 49 appearances, including 12 starts, in 1997, his second major-league season. He led the Oakland pitching staff in innings pitched for the second straight year. He is the younger brother of former Padres minor league pitcher Bill Wengert.

``We recognize the need to improve our middle relief corps and I think Don Wengert will help us in that area,″ general manager Kevin Towers said. ``He’ll definitely help us bridge the gap between our starting pitchers and Trevor Hoffman in the ninth.

A fourth-round draft pick out of Iowa State in 1992, Wengert has gone 13-23 with a 5.57 ERA in two big-league seasons.

Newhan made 108 starts at second base at Class A Visalia and Class AA Huntsville, his third professional season. He is the son of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Ross Newhan.

Bochtler was 3-6 with two saves and a 4.77 ERA in 1997. Velandia made his major league debut, playing in 14 games in two stints with the Padres as well as 114 games at Class AAA Las Vegas.

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