The Brewers started spring training with six major league outfielders -- Geoff Jenkins, Kevin Mench, Bill Hall, Corey Hart, Gabe Gross and Clark. They only plan to keep five on their opening day roster, so trading Clark solved that problem.
Clark, 33, was the Brewers' starting center fielder in 2005, batting .306 in 145 games. He played his way out of the starting lineup last year, when he slumped to a .263 average in 138 games.
The Brewers decided over the winter to move infielder Bill Hall to center, making Clark expendable. He had a $3.8 million contract for this season, however, which is why the Brewers had to send some cash to the Dodgers in the deal.
Dessens is expected to fill a middle-relief role in the Brewers' bullpen, which means some reliever targeted for the opening day roster will not make it.
Dessens went 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in six relief appearances for the Dodgers this spring.