Dodgers agree to terms with Perez, Bradley

Updated: January 4, 2005, 11:52 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- Odalis Perez agreed to re-sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, tentatively coming to terms on a $24 million, three-year contract.

The deal, likely to be completed within a few days, was first reported by ESPN's Peter Gammons.

Odalis Perez
Starting Pitcher
Los Angeles Dodgers
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L Sv K ERA
31 7 6 0 128 3.25

Dodgers spokesman John Olguin said the team had no comment.

Perez was 7-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 31 starts last year. He led the majors with 18 no-decisions and had the worst run support among NL starters, at 3.30 runs per nine innings.

Keeping Perez gives the Dodgers a reliable starter in a rotation filled with uncertainty. He joins right-handers Jeff Weaver, Brad Penny and Edwin Jackson, and left-hander Kaz Ishii.

Shawn Green is headed to Arizona if the Diamondbacks can agree on a contract extension with the slugger. Catching prospect Dioner Navarro and pitching prospect William Juarez would go to the Dodgers as part of the trade, and the Dodgers also would give Arizona $8 million.

Deal with Bradley avoids arbitration

In addition, the Dodgers avoided arbitration with quick-tempered outfielder Milton Bradley by agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. Bradley, who made $1.73 million last year, can earn an additional $750,000 in performance bonuses.

Milton Bradley
Center Field
Los Angeles Dodgers
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
141 19 67 72 15 .267

Bradley had career highs in homers (19), RBI (67), runs (72) and hits (138) in 141 games with the Dodgers last season, although he made as much news because of his temper.

Last month, Bradley served three days in jail in Ohio for driving away while being issued a speeding ticket in 2003.

He faces a Feb. 22 trial in Ohio on a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct stemming from a Nov. 25 arrest for interfering with someone else's traffic stop. If convicted, he could receive 30 days in jail or a $250 fine.

Bradley was suspended for four games in June for tossing a bag of balls onto the field following an ejection, and suspended for five more games in September after a bottle-throwing tantrum and confrontation with fans at Dodger Stadium.

In October, the Dodgers decided not to discipline Bradley for a clubhouse confrontation with a reporter.

"Milton was a key to our team's success in 2004, and we expect him to be a major contributor again in 2005," Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta said Tuesday. "He is an accomplished player with the ability to be even more."

The 26-year-old Bradley has a .265 average, with 41 homers, 195 RBI and 48 stolen bases in parts of five major league seasons with Montreal, Cleveland and the Dodgers.

Other Dodgers eligible for arbitration are closer Eric Gagne, shortstop Cesar Izturis and Penny, who would have been traded to Arizona in the three-team, 10-player deal with the Yankees that collapsed last month.