Dodgers resign two minor leaguers

Although the official list of minor league free agents has yet to be released, the Dodgers have already eliminated two from that group by re-signing a pair of infielders who played for Jacksonville this year.

Juan Gonzalez and Kevin Howard have both agreed to return to the organization, having first come in this year to wind up with the Suns in both instances.

Gonzalez, a 26-year-old Venezuelan who can play anywhere on the left side of the infield wound up taking over for Chin-lung Hu at shortstop when the latter was promoted to Las Vegas midway through the season. Gonzalez, who played for four other organizations in his career before joining the Dodgers, hit .287 with nine home runs for the Suns.

Howard was a fifth-round draft choice of the Reds in 2002. He was in the Phillies system at the beginning of 2007 but was released. The Dodgers signed him to fill the gap at second base in Jacksonville when Luis Maza went up to Las Vegas. Howard, who also can play third, finished with a .292 mark, sending seven out of the yard.

The 26-year-old bats from the left side and has good size at 6-2, 190.

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