Dodgers Name 20 for Mini-Camp

Los Angeles will bring 20 players to Camelback Inn - Glendale later in January for a mini-camp. The names constitute some of the best and brightest in the system. Also the Dodgers are interested in signing a free agent infielder and a Dodger pitcher escapes a kidnap attempt in Mexico.

Players listed to report to the mini-camp include an even dozen pitchers, two catchers, three infielders and three outfielders. TDhe two pitchers Los Angeles received from the Chicago White Sox trade, John Ely and Jon Link, newly-signed Armando Zerpa and Carlos Monasterios are joined by a number of familiar names.

The list includes:

LHP- Armando Zerpa
RHP- Carlos Monasterios
RHP- John Ely
RHP- Jon Link
LHP- Brent Leach
RHP- Travis Schlicting
RHP- Josh Lindblom
RHP- Chris Withrow
RHP- Javy Guerra
RHP- Kenley Jansen
LHP- Aaron Miller
RHP- Ethan Martin 
C- A.J. Ellis
C- Lucas May
INF- Russell Mitchell
INF- Ivan DeJesus
INF- Dee Gordon
OF- Andrew Lambo
OF- Trayvon Robinson
OF- Kyle Russell


Dodgers Interested in Infielder
The Dodgers have shown a strong interest in free agent outfielder Robb Quinlan, and it's mutual, according to a Major League source.

Quinlan, 32, has played all four corner positions -- first, third, left and right -- in his seven years with the Angels and is a .281 career hitter with a .326 on-base percentage and .408 slugging percentage.

Quinlan's at-bats have decreased each season since 2006, his best season. The former University of Minnesota star batted .321 that year with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 234 at-bats.

Minor Leaguer Saved in Kidnap Attempt
Relief pitcher Luis Ayala, who just signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers was unharmed during an apparent attempted kidnapping by gunmen at his home in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa.

Martin Robles, a spokesman for the state prosecutors' office, said investigators believed Ayala was the intended victim, whom police prevented from being abducted.

Robles said gunmen in three vehicles forced their way into Ayala's home near the city of Los Mochis on Monday by shooting open the door. Police arrived at the scene after receiving a call to an emergency number, and soldiers dispatched to the scene apparently scared off the assailants.

Neither Ayala nor his family were hurt. He was found handcuffed at the home. Ayala has played six seasons in the majors and is 29-39 with a 3.67 ERA. He pitched last year for Minnesota and Florida, and was currently playing for the Culiacan Tomateros in the Mexican league.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Former Dodgers major and minor leaguers who have signed with other clubs include: 3B Adrian Beltré with Boston and the Red Sox are considering C Paul Lo Duca, RHP Elmer Dessens by the Mets, OF Franklin Gutierrez by the Seattle, OF Mitch Jones by the Braves, RHP Gary Majewski with Houston, RHP Travis Chick with the Angels, Catcher Ed Bellorin with Kansas City, OG Jon Weber with the Yankees, Texas is looking at DH Jim Tome and Vladimir Guerrero and 2B Travis Denker with Seattle. And the Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly offered $223 million for LHP Arolis Chapman, the Cuban free-agent. That topped a Marlin offer of $16 million. The Angels and Red Sox are still in the sweepstakes.

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