Dodgers will pay veteran league minimum

LOS ANGELES -- Bubba Trammell, who played in only 22 games
last season before leaving the New York Yankees for personal
reasons, agreed Tuesday to a $1.85 million, one-year contract with
the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers will pay the outfielder/first baseman the major
league minimum of $300,000, two baseball officials said on the
condition they not be identified. The balance will be paid as part
of the settlement of a grievance he filed against baseball
management after the Yankees terminated his contract, the officials

The 32-year-old Trammell had 11 hits in 55 at-bats and five RBI
before leaving the Yankees on June 30. He was placed on the
restricted list the following day, and the team later terminated
his $2.5 million, one-year contract.

The grievance filed by the players' union on Trammell's behalf
was settled last month.

"We are very happy to be able to add a veteran right-handed bat
with some power to our bench," Dodgers general manager Dan Evans
said. "Bubba gives us added depth in the outfield and at first
base and his veteran presence should contribute greatly to the

Trammell's best year was in 2001, when he hit .261 with 25
homers and 92 RBI while playing for the San Diego Padres. He hit
.243 with 17 homers and 56 RBI the following year and was traded
to the Yankees with left-hander Mark Phillips for outfielder
Rondell White last March 19.

Trammell made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in
1997 and has also played for the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

He is expected to fill the same role with the Dodgers that Mike Kinkade did last season. Kinkade, who hit .216 with five homers and 14 RBI in 88 games, was sold to the Hanshin Tigers last month and
agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with Japan's Central
League champions.

The Dodgers also agreed to minor league contracts with
right-hander Bill Simas and left-hander Troy Brohawn and invited
them to attend spring training.

Simas, who pitched for the Chicago White Sox from 1995-2000, was
4-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 26 games -- three of them starts -- for the
Dodgers' Las Vegas farm club of the Pacific Coast League last
season. He walked nine and struck out 25 in 46 innings.

While pitching for the White Sox, Simas had an 18-19 record and
a 3.83 ERA. He joined the Dodgers' organization last spring. He
would get a $700,000, one-year contract if he's added to the major
league roster.

Brohawn, who turns 31 next week, was also a non-roster invitee
last spring. He had a 2-0 record with a 3.86 ERA in 12 games for
the Dodgers before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his pitching
shoulder June 4. He spent the rest of the season rehabilitating.