Dodgers Sign Martin, Myers

Hoping to strengthen their bullpen from the left side, the Dodgers extended non-roster invitations to Dodgertown to a pair of well-traveled veteran southpaws Tom Martin and Mike Myers. Martin made 80 appearances in 2003 and 47 in 2004 in a Los Angeles uniform. He was 1-2 with a 3.53 ERA in '03 and 0-1 with a 4.13 ERA the following season.

  An 11-year MLB veteran with seven clubs, Martin, 38, appeared in 26 games for the Rockies in 2007. He had a 4.91 ERA and did not figure in a decision.

A native of Charleston, S.C., the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Martin has pitched in 376 Major League games with an 11-9 record and 4.92 ERA.

Myers, a 13-year veteran, hopes to make the Dodgers the 10th Major League club he has represented. A workhorse in 2007, making 72 combined appearances with the Yankees and White Sox, Myers is no stranger to new Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who dialed his number 55 times in the Bronx last summer.

A 6-foot-3, 200-pound native of Arlington Heights, Ill., Myers was 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA with the Yankees and 1-0 with a 11.20 ERA in Chicago. Combined he was 4-0 with a 4.80 ERA.

In 883 Major League appearances, Myers -- who made his debut in 1995 -- is 25-24 with a 4.29 ERA.

Martin and Myers will be attempting to nail down spots in a bullpen that included durable southpaw Joe Beimel, who made 83 appearances last season.  

Yanks, Dodgers 1-2
Just like the good old days of the 1940s and 1950s, the Yankees and Dodgers finished 1-2 in the major leagues again last season. But, as the Associated Press reports, the present figures are payroll dollars. New York finished with a record payroll of $218.3 million and the Dodgers topped the National League at $125.6.

According to information sent to the clubs by the commissioner's office, Los Angeles was followed by the New York Mets ($120.9 million), Chicago Cubs ($115.9), Philadelphia ($101.8) and San Francisco Giants ($101.5).

Seattle Mariners ($114.4), California Angels ($111) and Chicago White Sox ($100.2) were second and third in the American League.

Then, too, the Yankees took in the most money in the majors, $415 million, giving about $100 million of it away in the sport's revenue-sharing plan.

Both the Yankees and New York Mets will receive revenue boosts in 2009, when they move into new stadiums.

"We're always working on increasing revenues, but it's getting harder and harder to do," Red Sox owner John Henry said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

"The Yankees and the Mets will be greatly helped by their new ballparks which look to be state-of-the-art. They seem very well designed to maximize revenues and to greatly improve the fan experience. The renovations we have been at work on within Fenway, the new ballparks in New York, Washington, Minneapolis are great for baseball."

At the bottom of the list were Tampa Bay ($31.8 million), Florida ($33.1 million), Washington ($43.3 million) and Pittsburgh ($51.4 million).

Overall, teams spent $2.71 billion on players last year, up from $2.49 billion in 2006 and $2.35 billion in 2005 and they took in $6.075 billion, an increase from $5.2 billion the previous season and $4.7 billion in 2005.

New York has had the highest payroll for nine straight years. The Yankees' total rose from $207.5 million in 2006 and $206.6 million in 2005 but were about to drop below $200 million when they signed Roger Clemens, who increased their payroll by $17.4 million. He went 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 18 appearances or about a million dollars per decision ($3 million per win).

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