Sandy Martinez Among Eight Cut In Minors

    VERO BEACH, Fla.- Dodger minor league teams engaged in a flurry of cuts over the weekend as they got busy shaping up the rosters to open the season. Eight players were handed their releases including catcher Sandy Martinez, the former big leaguer for whom they couldn't find an open spot after handing the Las Vegas jobs to two more veterans, Kelly Stinnett and Ken Huckaby.

Martinez had trained with the parent Dodgers as a non-roster invitee after being signed as a free agent last November. The 36-year-old Martinez played last year with Norfolk in the Mets system, hitting .224.

Also among the cuts:

Righthander Adam Thomas, who came from independent ball in 2006 to pitch for Vero Beach (3-4, 2.30) and Jacksonville (2-5, 5.23).

Outfielder Dwaine Bacon, who stole 71 bases for Daytona Beach in 2003 and 60 for West Tennessee in 2004. He was another free agent trying to catch on. He hit only .215 for Arkansas in 2006.

Righthander Albenis Castillo who was 3-5, 6.37 for Vero Beach last year.

Righthander David Horlacher who was an eighth-round draft choice in 2005 and who had previously served a two-year Mormon mission. He was 2-4, 4.61 for Columbus in 2006.

First baseman Jason Mooneyham who hit .279-0-5 for Vero Beach and .247-1-27 for Columbus in 2006.

Catcher A. J. Anthony who signed as a free agent last year and hit .286 in 10 games for the Gulf Coast Dodgers.

Derry Jackson, who hit only a composite .197 in three years and was trying to make the conversion from the outfield to pitcher.

   The four full-season minor league teams depart Dodgertown Monday for their respective cities. Each will open regular season play Thursday.  

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