Five Candidates Lined Up to Interview

The Dodgers are in the process of interviewing five possible successors to departed manager Jim Tracy, all of whom general manager Paul DePodesta plans to interview over a five-day stretch that ends Saturday.

Jerry Royster, the manager of the Dodgers' Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, was interviewed Tuesday, followed by former Detroit manager Alan Trammell on Wednesday; San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus, on Thursday; Dodgers player development director Terry Collins on Friday; and Northridge's Torey Lovullo, the manager of Cleveland's Double-A Akron affiliate, on Saturday.

Wotus, 44, was the last candidate named because while the Dodgers had secured permission from the Giants to interview him, they hadn't been able to reach him.

A New England native, Wotus played a total of 32 big-league games, all for Pittsburgh and all in 1983-84. The former infielder retired as a Giants minor-leaguer following the 1989 season, after which he immediately became a minor-league coach. He has been with the organization ever since, including the past eight seasons

Royster, an infielder, spent 16 seasons in the majors, including with the Dodgers from 1973-75. He also managed the Milwaukee Brewers on an interim basis after Davey Lopes was fired early in the 2002 season. Royster had been Lopes' bench coach.

Royster is African American, the only minority among the five candidates the Dodgers are considering. However, general manager

DePodesta noted that he had a number of other candidates in mind but would not necessarily interview any of them

Pirates Sign Jim Tracy
Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Jim Tracy was hired as the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager.

Tracy, 49, has been the front-runner from the start of the Pirates' search because of his long-standing ties to Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield.

Tracy takes over a Pirate team coming off 13 consecutive losing seasons, three short of the major league record, and a 67-95 record in 2005.

Tracy is expected to have free rein to hire his own coaches, as the Pirates coaches were told following the season finale on Oct. 2 they would not be brought back.

Recent Player Moves

Manager Jim Tracy opted out of his contract.
Signed Jason Grabowski

Minor League moves
Signed RHPs James Gilbert, Jonathan Haldis and Justin Wayne, LHPs Carlos Figueroa, Mike Pete, Alex Serrano and Chris Howell. Placed RHP Kenny Plaisance on voluntarily retired list.
Released RHPs Michael Brunet and Jason Olson, 1B Derek Michaelis and OF Hector Arias.
Traded 2B Joe Thurston to Yankees for a player to be named.
Traded 2B Tony Schrager to Red Sox for OF Jose Cruz Jr.
Placed OF Sam Steidl on voluntarily retired list.

Other teams
Arizona signed RHPs Matt Herges, Winston Abreu and LHP Ed Vosberg.
Baltimore signed 2B David Newhan and LHP Eddie Oropesa Boston released LHP Phil Devey.
Chicago Cubs released OF Trenidad Hubbard.
Cincinnati signed 3B Rick Bell; released LHP Chad Zerbe; OF Jason Romano elected to become a free agent.
Cleveland released LHP Chad Zerbe.
Houston released LHP Tom Martin.
Kansas City signed LHP Shane Nance.
NY Mets signed LHP Lino Urdaneta. .
NY Yankees released 3B Damian Rolls; signed RHP Hideo Nomo Philadelphia signed RHP Terry Adams.
Pittsburgh signed Jim Tracy as manager.
Washington released RHP Antonio Osuna.