Good drafts push rosters to limit

The successful drafts that the Dodgers have enjoyed in the past two seasons is becoming apparent in another way -- the hard way for some of the older players in the system who are being let go as the younger ones move up.

Outfielder Tarrik Brock, who has played in the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs and who spent the past two seasons in AA and AAA with the Dodgers, is among the latest to be sliced from a farm team roster. In addition, infielders David Detienne and Michael Collins were traded to the Mets for righthander Harold Eckert and either a player to be named or cash considerations.

This is a measure of a return for Eckert who was originally chosen by Los Angeles in the 19th round of the 1999 draft out of Florida International University but the contract was rescinded when it was discovered that he had suffered an arm injury in his final collegiate game. He later signed as a free agent with the Mets for whom he was 7-3, 2.93 for St. Lucie in the Florida State League last year.

Others who have been released this spring include infielders Adam Shorts and Hector Perozo; outfielders Ed Montague, Ronte Langs, CJ. Thomas, and David Cardona; catchers Goobie Geralts and Angel Rohena, and pitchers Luis Pineda, Tim Harrell, Greg Bauer Ryan Williams, Edgar Ahumeda, Casey Kennedy, Dayle Campbell, David Cuen, Reyes Soto, James Stewart, Efrain Silva, Victor Santiago, Mike White and Kevin Dougherty.

Montague is the son of the National League umpire while both Geralts and Shorts had been signed out of the celebrated March 1 tryout camp that was attended by Jose Canseco.

Soto originally was offered $1 million when he used his nephew's birth certificate to pass himself off as a 17-year-old. He received much, much less when his true age and identity were discovered.