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01/27/2004  7:44 PM ET
Dodgers invite Lima and Hernandez to Spring Training

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have signed pitcher Jose Lima and infielder Jose Hernandez to minor league contracts and invited them to Spring Training as non-roster players, according to Dodger Executive Vice President and General Manager, Dan Evans.

Lima, 31, was 8-3 in 14 starts for the Kansas City Royals in 2003, winning his first seven decisions and earning American League Pitcher of the Month honors for July when he was 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA in five starts. The right-hander began the season pitching for the Independent Newark Bears where he was 6-1 with a 2.33 ERA before the Royals signed him to a minor league contract on June 11. The native of the Dominican Republic had his contract purchased by the Royals on June 15.

In 276 career appearances (175 starts) for Detroit (1994-96, 2001-02), Houston (1997-2001) and Kansas City (2003), Lima is 71-77 with a 5.13 ERA. During the 1998-99 seasons, he had a combined 37-18 record with a 3.64 ERA, including a 21-10 mark in 1999 when he was a National League All-Star.

The right-handed hitting Hernandez, 34, has played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with Texas (1991), Cleveland (1992), the Chicago Cubs (1994-1999, 2003), Atlanta (1999), Milwaukee (2000-02), Colorado (2003) and Pittsburgh (2003) and has slugged 146 career home runs. The right-handed batter was a 2002 NL All-Star while playing for Milwaukee, as he batted .288 with 24 doubles, 24 home runs and 73 RBI in 152 games. Hernandez was a valuable bench player for the 1998 Cubs and 1999 Braves, where he saw postseason action. The versatile veteran has played all four infield and all three outfield positions in his Major League career.

Hernandez split the 2003 season playing for Colorado, Chicago and Pittsburgh, combining to slug 18 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs and 57 RBI in 150 games.

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