Dodgers will pay veteran league minimum

Updated: January 6, 2004, 10:23 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Bubba Trammell, who played in only 22 games last season before leaving the New York Yankees for personal reasons, agreed Tuesday to a $1.85 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers will pay the outfielder/first baseman the major league minimum of $300,000, two baseball officials said on the condition they not be identified. The balance will be paid as part of the settlement of a grievance he filed against baseball management after the Yankees terminated his contract, the officials said.

The 32-year-old Trammell had 11 hits in 55 at-bats and five RBI before leaving the Yankees on June 30. He was placed on the restricted list the following day, and the team later terminated his $2.5 million, one-year contract.

The grievance filed by the players' union on Trammell's behalf was settled last month.

"We are very happy to be able to add a veteran right-handed bat with some power to our bench," Dodgers general manager Dan Evans said. "Bubba gives us added depth in the outfield and at first base and his veteran presence should contribute greatly to the club."

Trammell's best year was in 2001, when he hit .261 with 25 homers and 92 RBI while playing for the San Diego Padres. He hit .243 with 17 homers and 56 RBI the following year and was traded to the Yankees with left-hander Mark Phillips for outfielder Rondell White last March 19.

Trammell made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 1997 and has also played for the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

He is expected to fill the same role with the Dodgers that Mike Kinkade did last season. Kinkade, who hit .216 with five homers and 14 RBI in 88 games, was sold to the Hanshin Tigers last month and agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with Japan's Central League champions.

The Dodgers also agreed to minor league contracts with right-hander Bill Simas and left-hander Troy Brohawn and invited them to attend spring training.

Simas, who pitched for the Chicago White Sox from 1995-2000, was 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 26 games -- three of them starts -- for the Dodgers' Las Vegas farm club of the Pacific Coast League last season. He walked nine and struck out 25 in 46 innings.

While pitching for the White Sox, Simas had an 18-19 record and a 3.83 ERA. He joined the Dodgers' organization last spring. He would get a $700,000, one-year contract if he's added to the major league roster.

Brohawn, who turns 31 next week, was also a non-roster invitee last spring. He had a 2-0 record with a 3.86 ERA in 12 games for the Dodgers before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder June 4. He spent the rest of the season rehabilitating.

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