Lorenzo Bundy To Manage Las Vegas

The Dodgers have been active on the big league scene picking up players. They've been even busier at the minor league level recently. They've pulled back one of their own from free agency, picked up another but lost two via the same route. It also appears they're ready to name the manager for Las Vegas.

Adam Thomas, a righthander who could have become a free agent, was resigned. They also grabbed a lefthander who's been around, Matt White. However, both lefthander Matt Merricks and outfielder Adam Greenburg have departed for other organizations. And it seems likely that Lorenzo Bundy will be the new head man for the Vegas 51's.

The 27-year-old Thomas who had pitched just about everyplace including Taiwan, was signed out of independent ball earlier this year. He pitched quite well at Vero Beach- 3-4, 2.30 - in and around a couple of unsuccessful stints at Jacksonville - 2-5, 6.23. This winter he's pitching in Venezuela where he hasn't done much so far -0-4, 4.70.

White , who pitched collegiate ball at Clemson before signing with the Indians in 1998, has pitched for three different teams in the big leagues, losing three decisions in all. He was 0-1 for the Red Sox in 2003, the same for Washington in 2005 and dropped his only start for the Phillies this past year. Now 29, he went 7-9 , 3.58 for Scranton- Wilkes Barre in the International League this year. He, too, is currently in Venezula where has a 2-2, 3.77 record.

The Rangers have signed Merricks, who came to the Dodgers from the Braves for Tom Martin in 2004. He was selected by the Rockies in the Rule 5 draft that winter but was returned in June 2005. He has suffered from back and arm problems and managed to get in only nine games this season for Vero Beach going 0-3, 4.11.

Greenburg achieved some degree of notoriety when he was hit by a pitch in his first and only big league at-bat while with the Cubs in 2005. For that he got a lot of pain and a 1.000 on-base percentage. Sent back to the minors this year, he requested his release, then signed with Jacksonville. However, he never really got going there, winding up at .228-1-17, then became a free agent.

Bundy was a coach for Tucson, the Diamondbacks Pacific Coast affiliate for the past two seasons. He has coached on the big league level as well and has managed extensively in the minors.

While Ken Howell will once again be the 51's pitching coach, Steve Yeager, who was hitting coach, will be replaced by Mike Easler, who was with Jacksonville last season in a similar capacity. Yeager, will remain with the organization in another capacity.