Carter Files For Free Agency

Righthander Lance Carter, who was one of the Dodgers' major disappointments this season, is apparently moving on as he's filed for free agency. The Dodgers could have retained his services by calling him up for Las Vegas but have declined to do that so he'll seek employment elsewhere.

Carter came to Los Angeles along with Danys Baez from Tampa Bay for Edwin Jackson and Chuck Tiffany, a deal that really didn't pan out. Baez is long gone and while Carter pitched well enough for Las Vegas, he certainly didn't while in L.A.

It had been hoped that Carter, who had 26 saves for the Devil Rays in 2003, might prove a valuable set-up man or even the closer when Eric Gagne went down.

However, opponents battered him for a .347 average and he was sent down with an 8.49 ERA. At Vegas, he did pick up 13 saves with a 3.92 ERA but it didn't prove enough to bring him back up.

There are as always a number of players who are eligible for minor league free agency which can be prevented by calling a player up.

Among the more prominent ones the Dodgers have to make a decision on are righthander Joel Hanrahan, who revived his career by going 7-2, 2.58 with Jacksonville, then 4-3, 4.48 with Las Vegas, and righthander Spike Lundberg, who was the Southern League Pitcher of the Year with his 15-2, 2.27 record with Jacksonville.

Still others with Jacksonville's team who might leave via this route are righthanders T. J. Nall (10-7, 2,82) and Heath Totten (8-5, 3.29), first baseman Craig Brazell, who led the league with 91 RBI while hitting 21 homers, and catcher Brad Cresse, who hit. 259.

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