Ruan Re-Signs with Dodgers; Kozlowski Lost

The Dodgers have succeeded in keeping one potential minor league free agent from going that route by re-signing outfielder Wilkin Ruan. However, they've lost another as lefthander Ben Kozlowski signed with the Yankees organization.

Speed has always been the game for Ruan, who first joined the Dodgers in 2002 along with Guillermo Mota for Matt Herges and Jorge Nunez. He got into 12 games for L.A. that year, hitting .273, and played in 21 games in 2003, hitting .220. He was released in June 2004 and joined the Royals, who let him go after the 2005 season.

Ruan came back to the Dodgers as a free agent this spring. He began the year at Las Vegas where he was hitting .325 after 10 games but was dropped back to Jacksonville to replace Matt Kemp in center field when Kemp was brought up. He wound up hitting .260.

No longer a prospect, the 28-year-old is currently playing winter ball in his native Dominican Republic where he's hitting .306.

Kozlowski was the player to be named in the deal that sent Cody Ross to the Reds. The 26-year-old finished the season with Jacksonville, compiling a 1-2, 2.85 record, being used both in relief and as a starter.

Two other former Dodger farmhands who had filed for free agency have re-signed with the clubs that employed them in 2006 as third baseman Brennan King agreed to terms with the Phillies and righthander Lino Urdaneta did the same with the Mets, both on minor league deals.


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