Carlyle, Rupe Sign With Marlins

Two more players who were in the Dodger organization in 2005 -- in this case, veteran pitchers- are going elsewhere in 2006 as both Buddy Carlyle and Ryan Rupe have signed minor league contracts with the Florida Marlins.

The pair had received spring training invitations with the big club when they joined the Dodgers. Carlyle, a righthander, was impressive enough in spring games to earn a spot on the Dodger roster.

However, he was ineffective, sent to Las Vegas, returned to Los Angeles briefly only to be dropped back again. He was 0-0, 8.36 in 10 games with the Dodgers and 1-2, 4.88 at Vegas.

He previously had big league shots with the Padres in 1999 and 2000 and also spent two years in Japan in 2001-02 before returning to American ball. He had been with the Yankees before signing with L.A. as a free agent.

Rupe, also a righthander, spent four seasons with Tampa Bay (1999-2002) before joining the Red Sox where he pitched in only four games in 2003. He also spent time in Japan (2004) after which he signed with L.A.

He was with Las Vegas all of 2005, compiling a 4-6, 6.42 mark. Like Carlyle, he became a minor league free agent after the season.

Also among those who signed minor league deals with the Marlins was former Dodger (2002-03) Mike Kinkade.

Meanwhile, lefthander Luis Gonzalez, chosen in the recent Rule 5 draft by the Rockies won't be trying to make the big leagues in Colorado.

He was dealt to Seattle where the Rule 5 restrictions will still apply. That means the Mariners must keep him in the big leagues or offer him back to L.A.

Rick Honeycutt, who pitched in nearly 800 games over 21 seasons in the big leagues, is a strong candidate to become Grady Little's pitching coach. He's been the Dodgers' minor league pitching coordinator for four years.