Lopes May Wind Up as L.A. Coach

Davey Lopes, who holds a good many Dodgers base stealing records, recently resigned as the Philadelphia first base coach. He was on the Phillies' staff for four years and the Phillies led the National League in stolen base percentage all four years. Rumors are circulating in Los Angeles that he could join the Dodgers in the same capacity.

Lopes managed the Brewers from 2000 until being replaced 16 games into the 2002 season and finished with a 144-195 record.

The Dodgers' first-base for the past five years, Mariano Duncan, who was told at the end of the season that he could look for a Major League job elsewhere, and if he didn't find one, a job somewhere in the organization would be available to him.

Apparently Lopes and the Phillies couldn't agree on salary and Lopes said he would seek a job on the West Coast. The signing of Lopes, who also won a Gold Glove Award as a second baseman, could explain why the Dodgers have not announced their coaching staff yet.

Lopes lives in the San Diego suburb of Point Loma and previously spent eight seasons as first-base coach of the Padres working for Kevin Towers, who is now the general manager of the Diamondbacks.

Lopes played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, the first 10 with the Dodgers as a base-stealing leadoff catalyst on a team that went to the World Series four times, winning in 1981 as Lopes was being phased out of the lineup. He was part of the longest lasting infield in MLB history, along with Steve Garvey, Bill Russell and Ron Cey.

Winter League Reportbr> Many Dodgers minor leaguers are involved in Winter League action. We'll give a brief rundown of some who are excelling.

Shortstop Dee Gordon recently went 4-for-5 in the Puerto Rico leaguer, boosting his average to .654 (17-for-26). He cited a pair of 38-year-old veterans, Antoino Alfonseca and Valerio de Los Santos, as making things easy for him.

Gordon, rated by many as the No. 1 prospect in the Dodgers' farm system, batted .277 in Chattanooga, while leading the league in stolen bases (53-20) and has stolen 144 bases in 194 attempts in the minors (74.2 percent).

Kenley Jansen and CarLos Monasterios are working on fundamentals in the instructional league this fall at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix,

The two rookies were rushed to the Major Leagues in 2010, missing out on valuable Minor League seasoning under Ken Howell.

Jansen, 23, was converted from a weak-hitting catcher to the mound during the 2009 season, he opened the 2010 season in Class A and ended it cLosing games for the Dodgers. He finished the season 1-0 with a 0.67 ERA and four saves in 25 games, striking out 41 with 15 walks in 27 innings. His ERA was the fourth-lowest by a rookie with a minimum of 25 innings in Major League history. Right-handers hit only .064 off him.

Monasterios, 24, was acquired him in the Rule 5 Draft, and because of that, had to stay in the Major Leagues the entire 2010 season or be offered back to the Phillies. Monasterios remained on the Major League staff as a swingman (3-5, 4.38 ERA overall), realizing more success as a reliever (2.06) than a starter (5.91).

Others in various leagues include:

are in the Dominican Winter League. Justin Sellers, John Lindsey, Xavier Paul and Javier Solano are in the Mexican Pacific League while Ronald Belisario, Jamie Hoffman, Jay Gibbons and Russell Mitchell are in the Venezuelan Winter League/

In the Arizona Fall League, Scott Elbert has made six appearances.  He walked a pair in two innings but since has gone five innings without a walk. Javy Guerra has an ERA of 3.00 and has also averaged a strikeout per inning. Jon Link has been used as a starter and has a 4.15 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in his 3 starts, which have spanned 13 innings. Steven Ames was a late addition to the Desert Dogs roster, and he has been hit hard in two appearances. Ivan De Jesus has has a .333 average to go along with a .900 OPS in nine games Trayvon Robinson has walked 11 times but fanned 14 times and still has a .292 average.

Jerry Sands doesn't have a homer in 36 at bats, but he is hitting .333 with a .467 OBP and a .883 OPS.  He hasn't played base, only 1st and the outfield. Matt Wallach is struggling with 2 hits in 22 trips.

Scott Podsednik was resigned by he Dodgers and has a couple of days to either accept the contract or become a free agent. Podsednik was acquired from Kansas City at the trade deadline last season and hit .262 with five stolen bases in 39 games in Los Angeles. He had hit .310 with 30 steals in the first half in Kansas City.

And lastly, the Dodgers finished so far down the line they are exempt from first round compensation in case they sign a Class A free agent.

In case you wonder, here are the Type A free agents available:

Bronson Arroyo - club option
Grant Balfour
Adrian Beltré - player option
Carl Crawford
Jorge de la Rosa
Scott Downs
Adam Dunn
Frank Francisco
Jason Frasor
Vladimir Guerrero - mutual option
Matt Guerrieo
Ramon Hernandez
Derek Jeter
Paul Konerko
Jason Kubel - club option
Cliff Lee?Derrek Lee
Victor Martinez
Bengie Molina
Magglio Ordonez
Carl Pavano
Andy Pettitte
A.J. Pierzynski
Manny Ramirez
Arthur Rhodes
Mariano Rivera
Takashi Saito
Rafael Soriano
Miguel Tejada
Billy Wagner
Jayson Werth
Dan Wheeler - club option

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