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Dodgers, Ramon Martinez Agree To Minor-League Deal

Free-agent Ramon Martinez signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Tuesday and was invited to spring training as a non-roster player, as reported by the Associated Press.

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Dodgers' Lieberthal Decides To Retire

Veteran catcher Mike Lieberthal told the Los Angeles Daily News on Saturday that he has decided to retire from Major League Baseball.

"I'm done," Lieberthal said. "I decided a couple of weeks after the season ended. If (the Dodgers) had picked up my option, I probably would have played one more year. But I didn't want to go anywhere else."

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Jose Vizcaino Joins Dodgers As Special Assistant

According to a Associated Press report, Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti has hired longtime infielder Jose Vizcaino as a special assistant to the club.

In a statement on Thursday, Collletti said that, "Jose brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him that will be a great asset to the Dodgers."

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Mattingly Steps Down As Hitting Coach

Don Mattingly stepped down as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

He will remain in the organization as a special adviser but is no longer tabbed as Joe Torre's successor with the team. He cited family reasons for his decision.

"I'm very grateful that the Dodgers have allowed me to take care of these family matters, and I hope that everyone can respect our privacy during this time," Mattingly said in a Dodgers' press release. "I truly appreciate the support of all Dodger fans since joining the organization, and I look forward to helping the team win in 2008 and beyond."

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Dodgers, Proctor Reach One-Year Deal

Reliever Scott Proctor agreed to terms on a one-year contract for $1.115 million on Sunday, leaving the Dodgers with Joe Beimel as their only remaining arbitration-eligible player.

Proctor, 30, had been asking for $1.3 million, with the Dodgers offering $930,000. He earned $445,923 last year when he appeared in 52 games for the Yankees and 31 games after being acquired by the Dodgers.

Beimel is seeking $2.125 million, and the Dodgers are offering $1.7 million. Last year, Beimel was the only Dodgers' player to reach a hearing. He lost and was awarded $912,500 instead of the $1.25 million he sought.

Via MLB.com

Dodgers Jan 2008 Archive

  • Dodgers Will Play Two Games In Beijing This March

    Dodgers' Manager Joe Torre will be in Beijing on Thursday to announce that his team will face the San Diego Padres in a two-game exhibition series March 15 and 16 that will mark Major League Baseball's first games in China, a team spokesman said Friday.

  • Torre: Didn't Suspect PED Use By Clemens, Pettitte

    Joe Torre had no suspicions about Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte using performance-enhancing drugs when they were playing for him with the New York Yankees.

  • Dodgers, Brazoban Agree To One-Year Deal

    Relief pitcher Yhency Brazoban and the Dodgers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $540,000, one-year contract Tuesday.

  • Dodgers Sell Valdez To Kia Tigers

    The sale of infielder Wilson Valdez to the Kia Tigers of the Korean League was announced by the Dodgers on Saturday.

  • Kent Advocates Blood Tests

    Dodgers' second baseman Jeff Kent told The Los Angeles Times on Thursday that Major League Baseball players should undergo blood testing to detect whether they are using banned substances, particularly human growth hormone.

  • Torre Won't Pick Sides Between Clemens And McNamee

    Joe Torre won't pick sides between Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee, the former Yankees' strength coach who accused the Rocket of using performance-enhancing drugs.