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Mike Kinkade Goes to Japan
2003-12-03 09:00
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Dodger utility man Mike Kinkade, who didn't get enough chances against left-handed pitching early in 2003 and then couldn't hit right-handers well enough later to take advantage of injuries to Brian Jordan and Fred McGriff, signed an $800,000, one-year contract with Japan's Central League Champion Hanshin Tigers.

In other National League West news, the Giants resigned pitcher Dustin Hermanson, coincidentally to an $800,000, one-year contract. And the Rockies traded infielder Juan Uribe to the White Sox for infielder Aaron Miles.

Update: The Giants resigned Jeffrey Hammonds, he of the 37-game hitting streak for the 1990 Stanford Cardinal, to a one-year, $1 million contract with performance bonuses, according to The Associated Press, that could total an additional $825,000 - if he played 150 games and reached 550 plate appearances.

The rest of the baseball world always picks on Hammonds and the teams that sign him - you won't see me do that here.

National League West Rosters - Updated December 3, 5 p.m.

PositionArizonaColoradoLos AngelesSan DiegoSan Francisco
CBarajasJohnsonRossHernandezPierzynski
1BSexsonHeltonLo DucaKleskoFeliz
2BKataOzunaCoraLorettaDurham
SSCintronBellhornIzturisVasquezPerez
3BHillenbrandAtkinsBeltreBurroughsAlfonzo
LFL. GonzalezPaytonCabreraNevinBonds
CFFinleyWilsonRobertsGilesGrissom
RFBautistaWalkerGreenNadyLinden
BenchMcCrackenReyesHundleyOjedaTorrealba
BenchHammockMilesRuanLongHammonds
BenchTerreroAllenRomanoBuchananTorcato
BenchOlsonClosserHillHansenCastillo
BenchTracyBarnesThurstonMendezValderrama
BenchHairstonFreemanChenGreeneRansom
PJohnsonJenningsBrownLawrenceSchmidt
PWebbChaconNomoPeavyReuter
PDessensStarkPerezEatonHermanson
PFossumElartonIshiiJarvisWilliams
PPattersonCookDreifortHowardBrower
PVillarrealFuentesGagneHoffmanNen
PRandolphLopezMotaMatthewsEyre
PKoploveSpeierShueyWitasickRodriguez
PGoodNeagleMartinLinebrinkZerbe
PLyonTsaoJacksonVillafuerteHerges
POroscoBerneroColyerBynumJensen

Though I don't expect Paul Lo Duca to be the Dodger opening day first baseman, given my operating philosophy of treating the rosters as if the season started today, I think you have to put him there until a new first baseman is found.

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