February 2008 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Kent: Baseball Needs 'Airtight Drug Policy'
Jeff Kent refuses to talk about either Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds, but he has expressed his opinion on performance-enhancing drugs in MLB. The second baseman believes that baseball needs an "airtight" drug policy, according to the Associated Press. "The people who have a say are trying to clean the game up," Kent said Friday. "I'm happy for it, I really am. It needs it. If they're going to run over a few players along the way, well, that's what's happening." Refusing to comment on either Clemens or Bonds, Kent has this to say, "For me to make comments won't help the process. It's going pretty good. It's getting there, absolutely. I just wish it would come to an end soon. In order for that to happen, we need an airtight drug policy. You can't just say better than anyone else. That's not an airtight policy."
Dodgers, Saito Agree To One-Year, $2M Deal
The Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Takashi Saito have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $2 million, according to the Associated Press. "I'm very relieved to clean everything up," he said through a translator on Wednesday. "It just feels a lot better not having to worry about my contract. I'm just very happy that the Dodgers consider me a very important part of the team."
Dodgers, Mark Sweeney Close To One-Year Deal
Mark Sweeney, whose 163 pinch hits are the second-most in MLB history behind Lenny Harris, is nearing an agreement on one-year deal to return to the Dodgers, according to an Associated Press report.
Seanez Re-Signs With Dodgers
Pitcher Rudy Seanez re-signed with the Dodgers, agreeing Monday to a $550,000 one-year deal according to an Associated Press report. The reliever was 6-3 with a 3.79 ERA and had one save in 73 games for the Dodgers last season.
Mattingly's Wife Arrested
Kim Mattingly was arrested over the weekend and charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness for allegedly refusing to leave her husband's property. The couple filed for divorce in November, and Don Mattingly announced in January that he would step down as the Dodgers' hitting coach due to family reasons.
Dodgers' Beimel Avoids Arbitration
The Los Angeles Dodgers and reliever Joe Beimel avoided arbitration on Friday by coming to terms on a contract, according to the Associated Press. The Dodgers agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth close to $2 million with left-hander.