Dodgers add another young bat

The Dodgers traded lefthanded reliever Steve Colyer to Detroit for outfielder Cody Ross. The Tigers will also receive a player to be selected at a later date. "We gave up a good player to get a good player," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. Ross, 23, batted .211 with a home run and five RBI in two stints with the Tigers last season. He hit .287 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI at Class AAA Toledo after hitting .280-20-72 the season before in AA Erie

He will open this season at the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

"We feel Cody has a chance to be an everyday player at the major league level in a relatively short period of time," Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said.

Ross is 5-11 (or 5-9, depending on who you talk to)but he posted slugging percentages of .515 in AAA at age 22, .352 in AA at age 21, .461 at age 20 in high A, and .396 when he was 19 years old.

There is a debate among scouts, they think either black or white, they like him or don't think he has enough tools to make it. He has decent power potential and is good defensively. Some say that all his tools are ok, but none are exceptional.

Colyer had a 2.75 ERA in 13 appearances with Los Angeles in 2003. The 25-year-old pitcher also appeared in 44 games with the Dodgers' Class AAA affiliate in Las Vegas, where he was 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA and 23 saves -- third most in the Pacific Coast League.

The Ross acquisition was DePodesta's third trade in the last few days. The Dodgers received utilityman Jason Grabowski from Oakland for cash considerations and acquired outfielder Jayson Werth from Toronto for minor league pitcher Jason Frasor.

Both Grabowski and Werth will begin the season on the Dodgers' major-league roster.