Roenicke to Manage Brewers

Former Dodgers outfielder Ron Roenicke has replaced Ken Macha as the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, who was fired after two disappointing seasons. Other candidates were White Sox bench coach Joey Cora, former Mets manager and current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine and former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin.

The 54-year-old Roenicke has been a member of the Angels' coaching staff for the past 11 seasons, including the last five as bench coach. He won each time he replaced for Scioscia -- a perfect 7-for-7.

Roenicke has never been a full-time major league manager outside of his successful games filling in for Scioscia. He was the Angels' third base coach for his first six seasons with the club and became bench coach when Joe Maddon left for Tampa Bay.

Scioscia's staff has been fertile ground for managerial candidates, with the San Diego Padres eyeing Bud Black.

Roenicke began his coaching career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and went on to coach in the minor leagues, including five seasons as a manager.

Roenicke also played for six major league teams over eight seasons. He was a career .238 hitter with 17 homers and 113 RBIs in 527 games. He reached the postseason in 1984 as a member of the NL champion San Diego Padres.

--OF Jamie Hoffman was placed on the 40-man roster after his contract was purchased Class AAA Albuquerque (N.M.) on Friday. The move protects the 26-year-old from minor league free agency and the Rule 5 Draft. Jamie Hoffmann spent all of 2010 at Triple-A, where he hit .310 with eight homers, 74 RBIs and 17 steals. Originally signed by the Dodgers in 2003 as a Minor League free agent, Hoffmann made his Major League debut in 2009, batting .182 (4-for-22) with two runs, two doubles, one home run and seven RBIs in 14 games.

--RHP Travis Schlichting (right shoulder pain) should be ready in time for spring training.

--INF Dee Gordon was off to a torrid start in winter ball. The son of former pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon went 18-for-38 (.474) with two doubles and a triple to begin his time with the Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico. Since Gordon finished last year at Class AA (and skipped high Class A ball), he's probably a year away from the majors.

--OF Trayvon Robinson, 23, is still a year away from the majors, but the late bloomer continues to impress the organization. Playing for new manager Don Mattingly in the Arizona Fall League, Robinson's slash line was .263/.400/.368 after 16 games. Robinson is working on taking more pitches, evidenced by 17 strikeouts and 12 walks in 69 plate appearances.

--INF Ivan De Jesus Jr. put up a slash line of .302/.388/.442 through 11 games in the Arizona Fall League for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. De Jesus was once a shortstop, but he has been mostly a second baseman after a gruesome leg injury in spring training 2009 cost him the whole year. He should compete for an infield job with the Dodgers next spring.

--John Moses, who was the hitting coach at Class AAA Albuquerque, will not return to the organization. Moses said he was told the Dodgers weren't happy with the development of OF Xavier Paul, especially on defense, as part of the reason they let him go.

--RHP Ronald Belisario, RHP Carlos Monasterios and RHP Ramon Troncoso are three relievers from last year's team who are playing winter ball. Troncoso is in his native Dominican Republic, while the other two are in Venezuela.

--OF Scott Podsednik accepted a buyout and is a free agent.

BY THE NUMBERS: 83 -- Career base-stealing percentage of Davey Lopes during his playing days. Late in his career, Lopes helped a young Rickey Henderson with the A's. Lopes was instrumental in helping the Phillies become an efficient and smart team at stealing bases and running the bases. The Dodgers will try bringing the local legend back to Los Angeles as a coach.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think it would be a good situation for the Dodgers and myself. I would love to finish where I started." -- Davey Lopes, to the Los Angeles Times, about returning to his original organization as a coach.

The Dodgers need a starting outfielder, three starting pitchers and a catcher for sure. The days of throwing money at the best free agents appear to be over. There's very little help at the upper levels of the minor leagues ready to contribute. As a result, GM Ned Colletti will need to be very creative. In order to fill the open roster spots, he might have to make trades that create other holes.

The Dodgers could use a right-handed power bat in the middle of the order, preferably in left field. That's what Manny Ramirez was supposed to be. But those hitters are rare and expensive, which makes it unlikely they will find one. Even so, all the runs won't matter if there's no pitching. Three-fifths of the rotation consists of free agents, so that area needs to be addressed. The bullpen needs an overhaul. Catcher, first base and third base need more production.

RHP Hiroki Kuroda, RHP Vicente Padilla, RHP Jeff Weaver, C Rod Barajas, OF Reed Johnson.

Ausmus will retire. Johnson is unlikely to return. Barajas would be cheap to bring back and is a solid role player. Podsednik declined an option year, as he will seek an everyday job elsewhere. Weaver wants to play one more season, and while he was more injury-prone and inconsistent this year, he's a cheap bullpen arm. The real questions are Kuroda and Padilla. Both had good years and are needed, but they could make more money elsewhere.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: 1B James Loney, 2B Ryan Theriot, C Russell Martin, RHP Chad Billingsley, LHP George Sherrill, LHP Hong-Chih Kuo.

--C Russell Martin (right hip labral tear) won't need surgery, but the timetable for the rehab was uncertain. As of late October, he was healing fine, but it will be months before it's known if he can squat or handle the physical demands of catching.

--1B John Lindsey (broken left hand) will need surgery to insert a pin. He probably won't be able to play winter ball, but he should be ready for spring training.