Dodgers Sign Two; Lose Two

The Dodgers started to build the 2010 team when they signed a couple of "suspects, a pitcher and an outfielder, that no one else seemed to want, and are considering a couple more while losing a pair of six-year minor leaguers to free agency.

The Dodgers agreed to terms with relief pitcher Justin Miller and outfielder Prentice Redman on Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League training camp according to the Los Angeles Times.

The right-handed Miller, 32, is perhaps the most-tattooed player in professional baseball. He was 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 44 games with the Giants this year, his first full season in the Major Leagues.

He made his Major League debut in 2002 with Toronto and has a career mark of 24-14 with a 4.84 ERA. He's been exclusively a reliever since 2005.

He's also pitched for Florida and Chiba Lotte in Japan. Miller signed a contract that pays him $850,000 if he makes the Major League roster.

The 30-year-old Redman, brother of former Major Leaguer Tike Redman, last played in the Major Leagues in 2003 with the Mets. He'd been in Seattle's farm system the past three years.

Marlins Sign Rottino and Luna The Marlins announced the signings of six, six-year free agents including utility player Vinny Rottino and infielder Hector Luna.

Luna led the Dodgers minor league system with a .351 average while playing for Albuquerque in 2009. He had 17 home runs and 62 runs batted in. Rottino, picked up later in the season, hit .315 for Chattanooga and had a .427 on-base percentage over the final 31 games.

ESPN Rumor Central reports that the Dodgers are considering free agent Noah Lowry as a possible back-end-of-the-rotation option.

Lowry, 29, hasn't pitched since August 2007 because of a rib injury, but the Dodgers have a connection to him. Again, GM Ned Colletti and Dodgers trainer Stan Conte were both in San Francisco in 2005 when Lowry pitched 204 innings and won 13 games for the Giants.

Lowry, a Southern California native, could have some appeal to the Dodgers because he's likely to sign a short-term contract with a low base salary and lots of incentives.

San Diego, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Seattle and Cincinnati are among the other clubs believed to have an interest in Lowry.

Cubs and Cardinals are interested in signing free-agent pitcher Vicente Padilla, according to Cesar Batista, a close friend who is linked with the agency that represented the right-hander.

Padilla was 4-0 for the Dodgers with a 3.20 earned run average after being picked up as a free agent from Texas. He also shut the Cardinals out over seven innings in the third, and final game of the National League Division Series, then lost once to the Phillies in two starts in the NL Championship Series.

The Dodgers did not offer him arbitration because of budget restraints. Batista also says the White Sox, Orioles, Nationals, Braves, Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers have expressed interest.

He adds that formal negotiations will not begin until after the Winter Meetings.

Stults to Japan? Japanese baseball blogs are linking to stories that indicate the Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in purchasing the contract of Dodgers left-hander Eric Stults, reports Diamond Leung on his website.

Stults, who turns 30 next week, went 4-3 in 10 starts for the Dodgers last season, including a shutout. Chiba Lotte reportedly thinks he can pitch in their rotation.