James Loney Uninjured After Car Crash

First baseman James Loney was arrested last month in Los Angeles after crashing into three cars and becoming "aggressive" with an officer, but was not charged with a crime Ken Gurnick of MLB reports. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said Loney explained what happened and the club is "looking into it." Colletti added that Loney has participated in baseball workouts with no effects from the accident.

Asked if this will impact the club offering Loney a contract next week, Colletti said: "Not unless something turns up that hasn't turned up."

Loney, 27, was arrested Nov. 14 after hitting three cars and when officers arrived on the scene of the accident, Loney was handcuffed and taken to a hospital for breathalyzer and blood tests that were negative for drugs and alcohol.

During the tests and according to the report, Loney was uncooperative and became "aggressive," spitting the mouthpiece at an officer. He was placed in arm and leg restraints and given an "injection" by hospital staff to calm him. The Los Angeles City Attorney will decide if Loney is charged in the incident.

One source with knowledge of the episode said Loney was rear-ended, hit his head on the ceiling of the car and momentarily blacked out. That might explain the glancing collisions of the other vehicles and the disorientation that he exhibited to police.

The report comes five days before the Dodgers are required -- and were expected -- to tender Loney a contract or allow him to become a free agent. He would likely earn roughly $6 million through the arbitration process and is eligible for free agency after the 2012 season.

Last season Loney was hitting .251 with four home runs and 33 RBIs through the first week of August. Then he caught fire, batting .357 the final two months of the season with eight homers and 32 RBIs, finishing with a .288 average, 12 homers and 65 RBIs.

Dodgers Lose Thomas Melgarejo in Rule 5 Draft
Thomas Melgarejo, a left-handed pitcher for the Dodgers, was selected in the Triple A portion of the Rule 5 Draft by the Royals. Since he was not taken in the Major League phase of the draft, Melgarejo does not have to be added to the Royals Major League roster. And his cost was only $12,000.

Melgarejo, 24, pitched for the Great Lakes in 2007 and 2008, splitting time between the bullpen and rotation. In 2007, he was 4-8 with a 6.20 ERA. In 33 games, including 12 starts, Melgarejo had four saves. In 90 innings, Melgarejo gave up 110 hits and 44 walks, striking out 57.

In 2008, Melgarejo went 2-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 28 games, including eight starts. He threw 73 innings, giving up 83 hits and 30 walks, striking out 62 and earning one save.

Pitching in the Mexican Triple-A League last season he went 4-2 with a 3.55 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 38 innings.

The Dodgers did not add a player from the Rule 5 Draft.

Dodgers Send Eveland to Orioles
The Dodgers traded left-hander Dana Eveland to the Balitmore Orioles on Thursday for Minor Leaguers Jarret Martin and Tyler Henson, to clear a 40-man roster spot for the signing of starter Aaron Harang.

Eveland, 28, was arbitration-eligible for the first time and likely not to be tendered a contract next week after going 3-2 with an impressive 3.02 ERA in a late-season callup.

Despite those numbers, the Dodgers elected to add established free agents Harang and Chris Capuano in the past two weeks.

Martin, 22, was 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA in 31 games with Single-A Delmarva last season. The 22-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif., was selected by Baltimore in the 18th round of the 2009 first-year player draft.

Henson, who turns 25 next week, batted .247 with three home runs and 36 RBIs in 123 games with Triple-A Norfolk last season. The Oklahoma native was selected by the Orioles in the fifth round of the 2006 first-year player draft.

Dodgers Sign Harang
The Dodgers made it official when they announced that they had signed right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang to a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2014 that can vest.

Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti said, "Aaron gives us added depth and another veteran arm to add to our starting rotation," said Colletti. "He had a solid year with the Padres last season and his addition gives us an experienced one through five heading into Spring Training."

Each member of the Dodgers' projected 2012 starting rotation of Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, Harang, Clayton Kershaw and Ted Lilly won 10 or more games in 2011 (69 total wins), pitched 170.0 or more innings, started 28 or more contests and combined to post a 3.66 ERA last season. In addition, each member of the rotation has averaged 7.3 or more strikeouts per 9.0 innings over the course of their careers.  

Last season, the 33-year-old led the Padres with 14 wins, going 14-7, with a career-best 3.64 ERA in 28 starts with San Diego. Harang turned it on down the stretch, posting a 2.40 ERA and a .221 opponents' batting average over his last seven starts from Aug. 20 through the conclusion of the season.  

In 10 Major League seasons, Harang has gone 95-94 with a 4.25 ERA with Oakland (2002-03), Cincinnati (2003-10) and San Diego (2011). He was the Reds' Opening Day starter in five consecutive seasons from 2006-10 and has posted double-digit wins five times in the last eight years. Since 2004, he ranks among the National League leaders in wins (85, 7th), strikeouts (1,223, 3rd), innings pitched (1,467.2, 4th), starts (232, 5th) and complete games (13, T-7th).

The San Diego native has twice won a career-high 16 games, doing so in consecutive seasons in 2006 and 2007 with Cincinnati. He tied for the N.L. lead in wins and led the circuit in strikeouts (216) and complete games (6) in 2006 and followed it up with a 16-6 season in 2007, finishing fourth in the N.L. Cy Young voting.

Harang has had success against N.L. West opponents throughout his career, posting a 3.11 ERA (28 ER/81.0 IP) in 13 starts in 2011 and a 3.56 mark in his career over 61 games (59 starts) against the division. In addition, he limited N.L. West hitters to a .235 batting average last season with a .245 career mark against the division.

Did the Dodgers Sign Josh Bard?
Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweeted that the Dodgers have agreed to sign Bard to a one-year deal worth about $750K. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that it's a minor league contract

Bard, 33, has a career OPS of .705 in parts of ten big league seasons, but his production has slipped in recent years. Since 2008, he has hit .217/.282/.332 in 711 plate appearances. He spent the last two seasons as the backup catcher in Seattle on one-year deals.

McCourt Must Sell by April 30
Frank McCourt must divest himself of the Dodgers and their stadium by April 30 but has sole authority to decide whether he keeps or sells the parking lots surrounding the stadium, according to the terms of his sale agreement with Major League Baseball.

Initial bids for the team are due by Jan. 13.

MLB executives opted not to risk further litigation by trying to force McCourt to sell the Dodger Stadium parking lots, which are owned by a McCourt entity not in bankruptcy.

McCourt must transfer to the Dodgers' new owner a long-term lease that enables the team to use the parking area on game days. That lease entitles McCourt to build parking structures so he could use the land for development without losing a significant amount of parking spaces.

Under the sale agreement, prospective team owners can bid for the parking lots as well, but McCourt has "sole and absolute discretion" over whether to sell them. If he keeps the parking lots, he would retain an annual income stream of about $10 million.

Dodger Blue Notes RHP Shane Lindsay, an Australian, was signed to a minor league contract. Lindsay is known as a hard-throwing, erratic reliever who has trouble repeating his mechanics and staying healthy. But when he's healthy and throwing strikes, he's very difficult to hit. Lindsay struck out 78 batters in 63.2 innings last year (with 51 walks) for Double-A Birmingham in the White Sox organization. Overall, he has whiffed 498 in 366 minor league innings.

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