September 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Mueller May Have To Retire
Bill Mueller joined the Dodgers in San Francisco and said there has been little improvement in his surgically repaired right knee. "It heals as far as living a normal, daily life," Mueller said. "But as far as physical pounding and activity as a major league baseball player, the knee would not be able to withstand that as of right now." Without another surgery, Mueller's 11-year career in the big leagues could end this winter.
Dodgers To Move Spring Training To Arizona
The Dodgers are in discussions to move their spring home from Vero Beach to Glendale, Ariz.
Gagne To Work Out With Teams Before Signing
Eric Gagne said he would prefer to stay with the Dodgers but does not expect to sign anywhere until he can work out for teams this winter and prove his arm is sound. "We'll see," he said. "We'll look at the market."
Hodges, Santo Among Veterans Committee Ballot For HOF
Gil Hodges, Ron Santo, Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are among the 27 players on next year's Veterans Committee ballot for the Hall of Fame announced Thursday. Umpire Doug Harvey, former Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley and former union head Marvin Miller are among 15 managers, executives and umpires on the 15-man "composite" ballot.
Drew Doesn't Plan To Opt-Out
J.D. Drew is enjoying his time in Los Angeles so much that the outfielder hasn't given much thought to opting out of his contract. "I don't plan on (using) it," he said Tuesday. "I've enjoyed my time living in Los Angeles. That's what it was there for - to make sure (wife) Sheigh and I didn't come all the way across the country (from their native Georgia) and get stuck in a situation we didn't like." Drew said the clause has hardly come up in discussions with his agent, Scott Boras, since the original negotiations. "You know what - I don't think so," said Drew, who also has a limited no-trade clause. "Ultimately it's my decision, and we're happy where we're at. We love our house in Pasadena. My wife is happy. She's made a lot of friends in our neighborhood and with the other players' wives. That's really the thing that was nerve-wracking about it (free agency) for me. "At some point, you make those commitments and you stick to them."
Padres Grab Lead In NL West
If it weren't for playing the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres might be lagging in the NL West. Thanks to their domination of the Dodgers, the Padres instead are a half-game up in the division, passing Los Angeles with a 2-1 victory Sunday.
Maddux Likely To Re-Sign With Dodgers
Greg Maddux, a free agent after the season, will likely re-sign with the Dodgers, according to sources. He was traded to Los Angeles by the Cubs ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.
Maddux Loses First Decision As Dodger
Greg Maddux had his first defeat since being traded to the Los Angeles in a Milwaukee Brewers' 6-3 victory over the Dodgers. Maddux, who was 3-0 since being traded to Los Angeles by the Chicago Cubs on July 31, allowed a run and two hits in his first four innings. But an infield hit glanced off Maddux's glove in the fifth, setting up a three-run inning for Milwaukee. Maddux (12-12) gave up six runs and 10 hits in his first loss since July 19. Maddux is 1-3 against Milwaukee this year. "Usually you're not as good as you think and sometimes you're not as bad as you think," Maddux said. "I could have made some better pitches."
NL-West Leading Dodgers Acquire Anderson From Nationals
The NL West-leading Dodgers picked up a left-handed bat for the stretch drive late Thursday, acquiring infielder-outfielder Marlon Anderson from the Nationals and cash for pitching prospect Jhonny Nunez. The deal was made on the final day players must be part of an organization to be eligible for postseason play. The Dodgers lead their division by three games over the Padres with 29 games remaining.