Mike Scioscia, Jim Tracy TSN Mgrs of the Year

Outside of former Dodgers Mike Scioscia and Jim Tracy earning Manager of the Year Awards by The Sporting News, you probably noticed that your local newspapers lacks much other baseball news, save the Phillies and the Yankees dukeing it out. So we have dug up notes about the Dodgers and former Dodgers plus bits of interesting information about other teams. Former Dodgers are indicated with a *.

Dodgers-- Free Agents: C Brad Ausmus, RHP Jon Garland, LHP Eric Milton, RHP Vicente Padilla, RHP Jason Schmidt, RHP Jeff Weaver, INF Ronnie Belliard, INF Juan Castro, 2B Orlando Hudson, INF Mark Loretta, INF Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B Jim Thome.
Arbitration Eligible --RF Andre Ethier, CF Matt Kemp, RHP Chad Billingsley, RHP Jonathan Broxton, LHP George Sherrill, 1B James Loney, LHP Hong-Chih Kuo, C Russell Martin, OF Jason Repko.

Arizona-- INF *Tony Abreu will be given every shot to become the regular second baseman in 2010 after being acquired from the Dodgers to complete the Aug. 31 trade in which the Diamondbacks sent RHP Jon Garland to Los Angeles. Abreu, 24, hit .336 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs at Class AA Chattanooga and Class AAA Albuquerque despite missing the first six weeks while recovering from hip surgery that sidelined him for the 2008 season. Abreu hit .271 with 14 doubles and 17 RBIs in 166 at-bats with the parent Dodgers in 2007. ...The D-backs continue to look for replacements for third base coach *Chip Hale and first base coach *Lorenzo Bundy, who were let go the day after the regular season ended. At the same time, bench coach *Kirk Gibson signed a two-year contract to remain on the staff. D-backs special assistant Matt  Williams, whose grandfather was a Brooklyn Dodger, is among the candidates being considered for a vacancy.

Colorado-- Three-year contract extensions are expected to be completed shortly for Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd and manager *Jim Tracy. Tracy was named the Sporting News' National League manager of the year by a panel of 22 major league managers.

Jim Tracy

Tracy, who had a 74-42 (.638) record after replacing Clint Hurdle on May 29, is the second Rockies manager to win the Sporting News award. Don Baylor won it in 1995. Tracy has invited his entire coaching staff to return.

QUOTE "This is flattering, but I really believe this honor belongs to the entire Rockies organization. Our owners, Dick and Charlie Monfort, and (general manager) Dan O'Dowd and his entire staff made this happen. And as I've said many times, I had a love affair with our players this year. There is nothing false about me saying that." -- Jim Tracy, after being named the Sporting News' National League manager of the year by a panel of 22 major league managers.
Colorado set a franchise record with 1,277 strikeouts, second in the National League behind the Diamondbacks (1,298). Brad Hawpe topped the Rockies with 145 strikeouts, followed by Ian Stewart (138), Clint Barmes (121), Dexter Fowler (116) and Troy Tulowitzki (112).

San Francisco-- The Giants aren't a Moneyball team, and maybe they don't want to be. While many clubs are turning to the computer and emphasizing statistics such as on-base percentage when building a roster, the Giants remain old-school. Brian Sabean, the longest-standing general manager in the business, knew he had a free-swinging -- OK, impatient -- group of hitters in 2009, but he doesn't appear eager to reshape his team with sabermetrics in mind. The bottom line, he said, is the Giants won 88 games, a 16-game improvement from 2008. Evidently, the finished product is more important than how it was done. The Giants had a winning record after four consecutive losing seasons

Chicago-- The Chicago Cubs organization will be contacted to see whether they are interested in using the former Dodgertown facility, but Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner who operates the former spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers under a contract with Indian River County and Vero Beach, says "Let's not put the cart before the horse," said . O'Conner said there has been no formal contact from the organization's representatives, but only some published reports that they are investigating other sites outside their current facility in Arizona. At the same time, he said, MiLB officials will place a phone call to the popular organization.
Chicago outfielder *Milton Bradley is still a member of the Cubs even as GM Jim Hendry tries to trade him. Speculation was that Bradley might be able to stay after the Cubs hired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who worked well with Bradley with the Rangers in 2008. Hendry reportedly has fielded interest from several teams for Bradley.
Hendry suspended Bradley for the final two weeks of the season for what he deemed conduct detrimental to the team. The Cubs still must find a taker for OF Milton Bradley, who has played for seven teams in nine years and has worn out his welcome almost everywhere.

Cincinnati-- The Reds are in the process of selling their Florida State League team to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds will begin holding spring training in Arizona next year. The plan is for the Reds to take over the Pirates' high Class A team in Lynchburg, Va.

Houston-- *Brad Mills, who will wear No. 2, was the Astros' second choice to become the club's manager, but he took the job after Manny Acta turned down the club because it was offering only a two-year deal.

St. Louis-- Manager Tony La Russa will return for a 15th season, which wasn't a big surprise other than that he signed for just one more year rather than the customary two- or three-year deals he had before.
The big surprise was that La Russa lured former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire away from eight years out of the game and hired him as his sixth hitting coach in those 15 years.

Atlanta-- Released RHP *Buddy Carlyle

Florida-- Free agents include 2B Dan Uggla and OF *Cody Ross. Uggla, could be dealt, but would the Dodgers, looking for a second baseman, be interested?
RHP Scott Proctor (Tommy John elbow surgery in May 2009) will try to come back at some point in 2010.

Phillies-- *Pedro Martinez knew what would greet him upon his return to Yankee Stadium. "Who's your daddy!"
But after that, it was rarely heard. Martinez, back in the heat of the World Series, was so good at times during his six-plus innings that he muted noise from both the New York Yankees' vaunted lineup and the fans in the South Bronx with whom he always has had a long, complicated relationship.
"That's all I could do for today," Martinez said. "I don't feel like I saved anything. I did everything I could to beat those guys."
Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said that Martinez was asking for a lot more money when he contacted him about playing in Los Angeles. "We would have signed him for what the Phillies offered," he said.

Angels-- *Mike Scioscia was named the American League Manager of the Year by the Sporting News. Scioscia led the Angels to their fifth division title in the past six seasons.

Seattle-- General manager *Jack Zduriencik and manager *Don Walamatsu can count on in 2010 on center fielder *Franklin Gutierrez but third base *Adrian Beltré's five-year, $64 million contract is up. Beltré is probably the best defender, and only two are younger.

Toronto-- *Jason Frasor could be the Jays' closer in 2010,