Weather Clears, Dodgers Make the Most of It

<b>VERO BEACH, Florida</b> -- Under a sparkling sun, the Dodgers got in some extra batting practice, both on field No. 2 and in Holman Stadium before an appreciative crowd. Milton Bradley, JD Drew, Jason Grabowski and Rickey Ledee were the stars of the show.

Bradley christened the brand new scoreboard in left field, smacking a couple balls off of it. Drew boomed a pair off the Dodger offices behind the right field fence and Ledee dropped an even longer drive on the roof of the building some 450-feet away.

Second baseman Jeff Kent and shortstop Caesar Izturis worked out at some length, getting used to each other and Antonio Perez appeared at third base after declaring that he was not interested in playing the position.

The club has agreed to terms with 14 players for the 2005 season.

They included infielders Willie Aybar, Hee-Seop Choi and Joe Thurston; outfielders Henri Stanley, Chin-Feng Chen and Jason Grabowski as well as catcher David Ross.

Pitchers inked were Joel Hanrahan, Yhency Brazoban, Edwin Jackson and Duaner Sanchez and lefties Derek Thompson, Frank Brooks and Orlando Rodriguez. released its list of top major league prospects with Chad Billingsley ranking 28th, Delwyn Young (36), Edwin Jackson (43), Jonathan Broxton (68), Greg Miller (93) and James Loney (100). Apparently Foxes aren't as wise as one would suppose; they apparently didn't think much of Joel Guzman, ranked the top Dodger position player by Dodger Dugout.

Gil Hodges, who missed being selected by only 11 votes last time around, is a strong candidate when the Veterans Committee of the Hall of Fame votes. Other Dodgers on the ballot include Maury Wills and Don Newcombe. Results of the balloting will be announced Wednesday.