Dodgers re-sign Brazoban

A potentially valuable piece of the 2008 Dodgers bullpen, Yhency Brazoban, agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The deal is believed to carry a base salary of $540,000 with up to $120,000 in additional incentives based on appearances.

  Almost a forgotten man, the hard-throwing Brazoban, who briefly served as the Dodgers' closer in 2005 while Eric Gagné was injured, missed most of the past two seasons with injuries of his own, making a grand total of nine appearances during that period.

If healthy, he could fill an important slot in the Dodgers bullpen. He likely will fill a sixth- or seventh-inning role.

He underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in April 2006 and returned last May, but soon suffered a shoulder injury that required arthroscopic surgery and knocked him out for the rest of the year.

"Our hope is that he can return to what he was before he got hurt the first time, back to where he was in 2005 when he showed he had the ability to pitch late in games and occasionally close," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.

"Whether or not he can do it, we'll have to wait and see. At this point in the off-season, he is pain-free and continues to throw, and we expect him to be ready to go for spring training."

The big righthander came to the Dodgers along with RHP Jeff Weaver and Brandon Weeden in exchange for Kevin Brown December 13, 2003. He pitched for Jacksonville and Las Vegas in 2004 before being called up to the Dodgers on July 31.

He made 31 appearances out of he bullpen, recording a 6-2. 2.48 record and limiting opposing hitters to a .219 average. He won five games over the final 14 games of the season, including the Western Division title-clincher over the Giants on October 2.

Still a rookie in 2006, he set a club rookie record by recording 21 saves games and pitching 105 innings. His rookie season and one-half saw him pitch in a record 105 games.

Brazoban, 27, was arbitration-eligible for the first time after receiving $345,000 last season. He will receive an additional $25,000 for reaching 30 appearances, $35,000 each for reaching 40 and 50 appearances and another $25,000 for reaching 60.

He pitched briefly in 2006 (five innings) and 2007 (1.2 innings).

The signing of Brazoban leaves fellow relievers Joe Beimel and Scott Proctor and outfielder Jason Repko as the Dodgers' only remaining arbitration cases.

Arbitration-eligible players will exchange salary proposals with their respective clubs later this week, but most of those players will avoid going to a hearing by settling on a compromise figure somewhere in between.

For those players who do go to hearings, which will be held in early February, the arbitrator must choose either the club's proposed figure or that of the player, with no leeway to choose a compromise figure in between.

Hendrickson Signs with Florida-- The Marlins announced the signing of free-agent left-handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson to a one-year deal. The 33-year-old was 4-8 with a 5.21 ERA in a personal-high 39 games for the Dodgers last season.

Hendrickson broke in with the Blue Jays in 2002, and the left-hander has also played for the Rays and Dodgers. He holds a career mark of 43-55 with a 5.21 ERA in 179 games, including 135 starts.

For Los Angeles last season, Hendrickson made 15 starts, and he logged 122 2/3 innings.

A multisport star in high school, the 6-foot-9 Hendrickson attended Washington State University. He played parts of four seasons with four teams in the NBA: Philadelphia, Sacramento, New Jersey and Cleveland.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The Cubs invited catcher Koyie Hill to spring training. ...Rich Donnelly, who served as the Dodgers' third base coach the last two seasons, has joined the Pittsburgh Pirates as a player development advisor. Donnelly was on the Pirates' coaching staff from 1986 to 1996. ...The Pirates also announced that former Dodgers first baseman has Sid Bream joined the Pittsburgh minor-league coaching staff. Bream was hired as coach of the New York-Penn League entry. He played for the Dodgers from 1983-85 and for the Pirates 1985-90.

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