Dodgers Sign Sele to Minor League deal

Aaron Sele, who at onetime was one of the premier pitchers in the major leagues but who has fallen on hard times of late, has signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers that has included an invitation to spring training with the big club.

Sele, a 35-year-old righthander, broke into the American League with the Boston Red Sox in 1993 and was at his peak in a stretch from 1998 through 2001.

In '98, he won 19 games for the Rangers, followed that with another 19-win season for Texas, then won 17 for Seattle in 2000 and 15 for the Mariners in 2001.

Bothered by arm trouble after that, he slumped and was 6-12 with a 5.66 ERA despite pitching one shutout in 2005 but was released by Seattle last Aug. 1.

He also pitched for the Angels from 2002 through 2004 and won 137 games in all in a 12-year big league career.