Dodgers Invite Two More to Spring Training

Los Angeles invited a pair of veterans, who bring 24 years major league experience with them, to spring training. Pitchers and catchers will report in about three weeks, along with players who were injured during the 2005 season -- meaning nearly the entire Dodger squad could be on hand.

Veteran catcher and former World Series MVP Pat Borders signed a minor-league contract. A 17-year career, Borders likely will end up as a reserve catcher and coach-in-training at Single-A Vero Beach, about 60 miles from his home in Lake Wales, Fla.

Borders will be 43 in May and he made his Major League debut in 1988, the last year the Dodgers won the World Series. Borders was not only the World Series MVP in 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays, he also appeared in the 1993 World Series with Toronto and has five postseason appearances.

He started the 2005 season with Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate in Nashville and was traded to Seattle on May 20. He appeared in 39 games with the Mariners, hitting .197 with one homer and seven RBIs, and was cut loose at the end of July. The Dodgers will be his 12th organization.

Beimel, 29 in April, appeared in seven games for Tampa Bay last year with a 3.27 ERA, but spent his first six professional seasons with Pittsburgh, where current Dodgers vice president of scouting and player development Roy Smith was assistant general manager.

Beimel had little luck with left handed batters last season, allowing a .429 average (9-for-21) so he will probably be looked at as a conventional middle reliever and not as a situational lefty. He had seven appearances for Tampa Bay last year, but he spent most of the season with the Devil Rays' Triple-A Durham affiliate. Beimel played most of the last two seasons at Triple-A.

"I like that he has pitched in the big leagues and that he's a left-hander," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "We'll see where it goes."

Samuel, Brewer Join Mets-- The New York Mets maade former Dodger Juan Samuel manager of the Binghamton Mets in 2006. He will be joined by another former Dodger, pitching coach Mark Brewer.

Samuel, the tenth manager in Bimghamton Mets history, replaces Jack Lind. The upcoming season will be Samuel's first as a manager. The 45-year-old spent the last four seasons as the Detroit Tigers' third-base coach after serving as their first-base coach the previous three years.

Samuel, who was born in the San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic but now resides in Overland Park, KS, played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues with seven different teams, breaking in with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983. In 1984, the righthanded-hitting second baseman-outfielder batted .272 with 72 stolen bases and 105 runs scored in a National League-record 701 at-bats for Philadelphia, finishing second to Dwight Gooden in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.

The only Major Leaguer to post double-digit totals in doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases in each of his first four full seasons, Samuel was traded by the Phillies to the Mets in June, 1989 for Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell and finished the year with New York. The three-time All-Star wrapped up his playing career with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998, retiring with a .259 average, 161 home runs and 396 stolen bases.

Brewer spent 2005 as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals' AAA affiliate in Omaha, NE, his only season in the Kansas City organization. Brewer has nine seasons of experience as a minor league pitching coach in the Royals, Dodgers and Texas Rangers organizations.

He was also the Dodgers' pitching coordinator from 2001-2004. A 32nd-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 1978 draft, the Tulsa, OK native also served as the pitching coach at the University of Texas in 1992 and at Oral Roberts University in 1988 and 1989.

He is the son of the late Jim Brewer, a superb lefthanded reliever who pitched in the majors with the Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and California Angels from 1960-1976.

Hanrahan stays-- Right-hander Joel Hanrahan, who was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for the Dodgers' Jan. 14 trade with Tampa Bay, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Las Vegas.

Ng Concidered by Reds-- Dodger Vice President and Assistant General Manager Kim Ng is a candidate for the GM job with the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds recently fired GM Dan O'Brien.

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