March 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Kent Has A Home In L.A.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have signed All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent to a one-year contract extension with an option for 2008, according to Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti. "Jeff is the consummate professional and someday he's going to find himself in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown," said Colletti. "I feel fortunate that we were able to come to this agreement to keep him in a Dodger uniform for at least the next two seasons and hopefully more."
Grip Hangs Them Up
Veteran outfielder Marquis Grissom ended what he called a "fun ride" and retired from baseball Tuesday, ending his career after 17 seasons. "When it's time, it's time," Grissom said. "I think this is the best thing for me, at this point, to officially hang the cleats up and go home and enjoy the second half of my life and do things I've always wanted to do." Grissom, 38, was a non-roster invitee in the Chicago Cubs camp and his decision creates an opening for Angel Pagan to make the team as a backup outfielder.
Drew Not Thinking About Leaving L.A.
When J.D. Drew signed as a free agent with the Dodgers, he agreed to a five-year, $55 million deal with an opt-out clause after the second year. This is that second year, but Drew said he hasn't given a thought to whether or not he will use that clause to become a free agent again. "No. My game is so far from the business side of baseball," he said. "I'm just focusing on getting ready for the season." Drew said he never saw the opt-out clause as leverage to get a more lucrative contract after two years. It was a hedge against the uncertainty of moving to a new part of the country and a team he was unfamiliar with, Drew said.
Choi Could Be Released By Dodgers
Hee-Seop Choi rejoined the Dodgers on Monday, fresh from having hit .182 in seven games for Korea in the World Baseball Classic. The question now is whether his second spring-training stint will be any longer than his first. The strapping first baseman who was once long on potential but is now woefully short on results has a one-year, $725,000 contract. But a loophole that applies to most one-year deals would allow the Dodgers to pay Choi just 45 days' salary - about $178,000 - if they release him by March 29, something they could do only if he clears waivers between now and then. All of which would seem to suggest the enigmatic Choi won't be a part of the Dodgers' organization when the Opening Day roster is set. Understandably, club officials aren't willing to publicly address the matter right now. "We have a period of time to evaluate him as we would evaluate anybody," general manager Ned Colletti said. "He deserves (that), and he deserves an opportunity to make the club."
Gagne Leaves Camp For Personal Reasons
Closer Eric Gagne left the Los Angeles Dodgers' spring training camp to go home for personal reasons, manager Grady Little said Thursday. "He told us he'll be back by Sunday," Little said before the Dodgers opened their exhibition schedule against the Atlanta Braves. "He'll throw on the side Monday and pitch in a game Wednesday. He feels great."