Minor League Signings

General Manager Paul DePodesta's affinity for players that he knew from his days with the Oakland A's would seem to be apparent with the announcement that the Dodgers have signed eight free agents to minor league contracts with three of those having played in that system this past season and another a player acquired by the Dodgers from the A's just before the beginning of the 2004 campaign.

Catcher Mike Rose, outfielder John Weber and third baseman/outfielder Mike Edwards are those who played for Sacramento, the Athletics' Triple-A affiliate while infielder Jose Flores, who came to the Dodgers from that organization, has resigned with the team. Others who signed are right-handed pitchers Ryan Rupe and Buddy Carlyle, infielder Tony Schrager and outfielder Tydus Meadows.

Rose hit .281-8-49 and Edwards hit .287-13-81 at Sacramento where he played third base while Weber was .341-3-12 for that club and .280-15-68 at Midland (Texas) where he spent most of the season. Flores was .313-3-51 at Las Vegas before a September call-up, hitting .250 in just for games for the Dodgers,

Rupe is a veteran major leaguer who compiled a 24-38 record in the American League, almost entirely with Tampa Bay. He was 0-1 for the Red Sox in 2003 but sat out this past season with an injury. Carlyle was 1-3 with San Diego before going to Japan for two years (2001-02) . This past year he was 8-5, 4.06 with the Yankees' Columbus (International) affiliate.

Schrager spent 2004 at Pawtucket (International), a Red Sox farm team , where he played second base, hitting .266-15-49. Meadows hit .285-18-69 for Frisco (Texas), a Rangers' affiliate.