Dodgers Sign Old Friend Rudy Seanez

The Rockies made it clear to Rudy Seanez's representative, that while they were interested in the right-handed reliever, they were targeting free agent Dan Kolb. Seanez understood and quickly moved on, signing a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

His agent, Davis Schwartz, said, "I think the opportunities in Colorado and Los Angeles are similar. But we weren't sure if Colorado was going to make an offer. He feels he will have a good shot to make their club."

Seanez went 3-3 with a 4.92 ERA last season with the Red Sox and Padres. As recently as 2005, the 38-year-old posted 84 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings as a key member of the Padres' bullpen. Seanez will make $700,000 if he makes the team with another $500,000 in incentives.

The Red Sox signed Seanez, 38, to a $1.9-million deal after he put up the best numbers of his career with the Padres in 2005, posting a 2.69 earned-run average in 57 appearances. But he fell out of favor with Red Sox Manager Terry Francona and was released in August. The Padres signed him and he made eight appearances for them in September and one in the playoffs.

Seanez pitched for the Dodgers in 1994 and 1995, working in 54 games all in relief, saving seven and recording a 2-4 won-lost mark.

Dodgers have explored signing left-hander Joey Eischen, who missed most of last season after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Eischen, 36, has been throwing off a mound for two months and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel remains the only arbitration-eligible player who hasn't signed, and the

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