Meadows Signs Minor League Deal

Still another pitcher has ben added to the list of those trying to make the Dodger relief corps with the signing of righthander Brian Meadows to a minor league contract along with an invitation to spring training as a non-roster participant.

The 30-year-old Meadows, a native of Alabama, has mostly been with Pittsburgh for the past four seasons where he impressed Roy Smith, Dodger vice-president of player personnel, who was formerly with the Pirates.

Smith particularly likes the way Meadows is able to go relatively long periods without seeing action, warm up quickly and still be effective.

Last year, Meadows was 3-1, 4.58 while appearing in 65 games. The preceding year he was 2-4, 3.58 in 68 games. Before going to the Pirates in 2002, he had pitched in the big leagues for Florida, San Diego and Kansas City.

He became a free agent at the end of the 2005 campaign.

Used in middle relief, Meadows throws an 88-90 mph fast ball, curve and changeup. He has to keep the ball down to be effective. His contract apparently allows him to become a free agent if he doesn't make the Dodgers out of spring training; however, he might accept a minor league assignment.