The Dodgers Add Yet Another Pitcher

The Dodgers, flying under the financial radar, added another pitcher to their list of spring hopefuls when they signed RHP Josh Towers to a minor/major league contract for the 2010 season.

With the split contract, Towers can make $700,000 for time spent in the majors and $90,000 in the minors. The 32-year-old right-hander, who has previously pitched in the Baltimore, Toronto, Colorado, Washington and New York Yankee systems, has pitched 245 minor league games and 139 major league contests, recording an overall 114-115 record.

He saw action at the bottom of the National League (Washington) and the top of the American League (Yankees) last season and recorded his best season (7-6, 3.05) since winning 13 games for Toronto in 2005. He then pitched briefly with the Yankees, posting an 0-0, 3.48 era over two relief appearances and 5.1 innings late in the season.

The 32-year old appeared in 108 games for the Blue Jays from 2003-07 and started 89 of them, recording a 37-42 record, a 4.93 ERA and 316 strikeouts in 558 innings.

He was drafted by Baltimore in the 15th round of the 1996 draft out of high school in California. He finally made his major league debut in 2001 and was 8-10. 4.49, then after an 0-3, 7.90 record with the Blue Jays he was granted his free agency at the end of the season.

He signed with Toronto in December of the same year and went 8-1 with a 4.48 ERA. He went 9-9 the next season and was 13-12 in 1005 with the Jays and had a 3.71 earned run average. But after a 7-20 record in 2006 and 2008 he was released and signed with the Rockies, where he played for their AAA club in Colorado Springs.

Released by Colorado in 2008 he was signed by Washington but released in May of 2009. The Yankees picked him up and he went 7-6 with their Triple-A club before getting a cup of coffee late in the season.

The Yankees released after the season and will try his hand in Dodger Blue in 2010.

Towers has always had remarkable control, walking 1.5 batters per nine innings over his career but he has allowed more hits than innings pitched in only three seasons, all in the minor leagues..

Josh Towers  6-1  165  br  tr
Born- February 26, 1977 in Port Hueneme, CA
Obtained- Signed as a free agent 2009

year	team  		w-l    era   gm  gs    in   h   bb   so
1996	Balt rook       4-1   5.24  14   9   55.0   63   5   61
1997	Balt A		0-0   3.44   9   1   18.1   18   2   16
	Balt A+	        6-2   4.86  25   3   53.2   74  18   64
1998	Balt A+	        8-7   3.34  25  20  145.1  137   9  122
	  Balt AA	2-1   3.50   5   2   18.0   20   4    7
1999	Balt AA        12-7   3.76  29  28  189.0  204  26  106
2000	Balt AAA	8-6   3.47  24  24  148.0  157  21  102
2001	Balt AAA	3-1   3.51   6   6   41.0   40   8   27
	BALTIMORE      8-10   4.49  24  20  140.1  165  16   58
2002	Balt AAA	0-9   7.57  15  13   69.0  109  14   43
	BALTIMORE       0-3   7.90   5   3   27.1   42   5   13
2003	Tor AAA	        5-7   3.32  21  20  132.2  133  20   76
	TORONTO         8-1   4.48  17   8   64.1   67   7   42
2004	Tor AAA	        3-1   2.50   6   5   36.0   33   7   25
	TORONTO         9-9   5.11  21  21  116.1  148  26   51
2005	TORONTO	      13-12   3.71  33  33  208.2  237  29  112
2006       TORONTO     2-10   8.42  15  12   62.0   93   17  35 
2007	Tor AAA         5-5   4.00  15  15  101.1  121   11  76
	TORONTO        5-10   5.38  25  15  107.0  129   22  76
2008	Colo AAA        6-7   6.27  31  15  116.1  156   29  79
2009	Wash AAA        0-0  21.60   1   0    1.2    6    0   0
	NYY AAA         7-6   2.74  19  18  101.2   89   24  55
	NY YANKS        0-0   3.38    2  0    5.1    6    1   2
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  Totals (Min)          69-60  4.10  245  179 1127.0 1360 139 859
  Totals (ML)           45-55  4.95  139  112  731.1  887  123  38
Jackson Back to L.A. Coverage
In a winter with little to show for it, finally some good news.

Former Daily News writer Tony Jackson will be the Dodger beat writer for ESPN.com's soon-to-be-launched Los Angeles station.

Tony has always been both well informed and a joy to read. Now we'll get to watch and listen to him.

Steve Henson's thoughts
Yahoo's Steve Henson, one-time Dodgers beat writer with the Los Angeles Times, paints a gloomy picture of the Dodgers and their financial woes:

"The worst part of McCourt's decision not to offer arbitration to pitcher Randy Wolf is that it reveals how little regard the Dodgers have for spending the time and money to continue developing homegrown talent.

"The Dodgers would have received two draft picks when Wolf signed a three-year deal with the Brewers, but the fact is they don't want high draft picks because it would mean spending money earmarked for the arbitration raises of three- and four-year veterans.

"L.A. has made the playoffs three of the last four years primarily on the backs of a nucleus of young talent drafted and developed in-house. Yet ownership isn't committed to continuing that tradition by accumulating draft picks that would require hefty signing bonuses.

"The Dodgers spent less on draft bonuses than any team in baseball the last two years, and that trend likely will continue."

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