Dodgers Sign Parrish; May Sign Juan Pierre

Various sources report that free agent center fielder Juan Pierre has agreed to a five-year contract with the Dodgers. The deal is believed to be worth $44-45 million. The deal will become complete when Pierre passes a physical exam, sources said. 2006 Ogden manager and former Detroit coach Lance Parrish was promoted to manage the Michigan Loons.

Pierre, 29, has a .303 career batting average over seven-plus seasons, averaging 53 stolen bases a year and led the National league with 204 hits in 2006.

He began his career in Colorado, went to the Florida Marlins for three years and in 2006 played for the Cubs.

A combination of Pierre and Rafael Furcal would give the Dodgers nearly 90 stolen bases at the the top of the their batting order.

Parris signed
Former Detroit Tigers star and coach Lance Parrish was oromoted to manager of the Great Lakes Loons. The former catcher managed Ogden in the Dodger chain the season just past.

Parrish hit .324 home runs in 19 major league season. He was Detroit's bullpen coach for three seasons under former teammate Alan Trammell, who was fired last year to and replaced by Jim Leyland.

The Loons signed a two-year player development contract in September to become an affiliate of the Dodgers. The Loons will play starting next April in a stadium being built in downtown Midland. They moved to Midland at the end of the 2006 season from Battle Creek, where they were a Tampa Bay Devil Rays affiliate called the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays.

No Bid for Igawa
The Dodgers do not plan to make a bid on Japanese left-handed pitcher Kei Igawa, who was 75-43 for the Hanshin Tigers the last four years. Teams can bid for the right to negotiate with Igawa until Friday. Igawa became the latest Japanese pitcher put up for bid to major league teams.

The Hanshin Tigers made Igawa available for posting Friday, and big league clubs have until Nov. 27 to submit offers for the right to negotiate a contract with the 27-year-old left-hander.

Igawa went 14-9 last season with a 2.97 ERA in Japan. He struck out 194 to tie for the Central League lead, adding to the strikeout titles he won in 2002 and 2004.