August 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Milestone Win For Maddux
Greg Maddux earned his 330th win to move into 10th place on the career list, which he acknowledged was "kind of cool." Pitching for a contender puts things in an entirely different perspective. Maddux worked seven solid innings, and the Dodgers beat the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete one of the most successful months since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
Dodgers Minor League Prospect Dasni Suspended 50 Days
A player in the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league system was suspended Tuesday for 50 games by the commissioner's office after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension for right-hander Chales Dasni took effect immediately. Dasni was 4-3 with a 5.63 ERA in 18 appearances this season with the rookie-level Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League.
Lowe Leaves Game After Being Hit By Line Drive
Dodgers starter Derek Lowe left Saturday night's game against Arizona after being struck in the left wrist by a line drive off the bat of Chad Tracy. The right-hander tried to field Tracy's two-out shot in the fourth inning, but couldn't get his glove in the way in time. He walked all the way to the shortstop position in obvious pain before leaving the field.
Gagne Willing To Stay For Less
Eric Gagne wants to remain a Dodger next year because he's impressed by the roster. "I want to win and this team will be a winner," he said. "I know any contract is going to be incentive-laden." Gagne's two-year, $20-million deal expires at the end of the season. Because of the questions regarding his health, the Dodgers are certain to pay him a $1-million buyout rather than pick up his $12-million option for 2007.
Gagne Done In L.A.?
The odds of the Dodgers picking up Eric Gagne's $12 million contract option for 2007 is highly unlikely and Gagne's agent, Scott Boras, isn't going to let him sign inexpensively on a 'prove it' contract, similar to what Nomar Garciaparra inked.
Dodgers Not Interested In Bringing Back Mota
The Dodgers are not believed to be interested in reliever and former Dodger Guillermo Mota, who was designated for assignment Friday by the Cleveland Indians. Mota, 33, had a 6.24 ERA in 34 appearances. The Indians offered him in trade last month, but the Dodgers passed.
Dodgers Activate Nomar From DL On Wednesday
The surging Los Angeles Dodgers received an additional boost on Wednesday when they activated All-Star Nomar Garciaparra from the 15-day disabled list.
Mets Add Outfielder Ledee
The Mets addressed their need for a left-handed-hitting reserve Tuesday when they claimed veteran outfielder Ricky Ledee off waivers from the Dodgers. Ledee had been placed on waivers Monday night and the Mets quickly filled the void created over the course of the season when switch-hitter Jose Valentin and left-handed-hitting Endy Chavez assumed more regular roles with the team. For Ledee, 32, the Mets' move constitutes a homecoming of sorts. He began his big-league career with the Yankees in 1998.
Mets Claim Ledee Off Waivers
Ricky Ledee is headed back to the Big Apple, this time with the Mets. The backup outfielder was placed on waivers Monday night by the Dodgers and quickly claimed by New York. The NL East leaders were looking for a left-handed bat off the bench now that switch-hitting second baseman Jose Valentin and outfielder Endy Chavez are playing regularly.
Dodgers Could Still Re-Sign Lugo
With Jeff Kent and shortstop Rafael Furcal signed through next season, Julio Lugo would appear to have little interest in returning to the Dodgers, but Ned Colletti said he hasn't ruled out trying to keep him. "Julio Lugo is a very good player," Colletti said. "We figured we'd have a better shot with him this year, and maybe there might be a fit down the road."