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MLB Florida and Arizona Spring Training - SB Nation

Dodgers (14-18) at Diamondbacks (12-19), 1:05pm

The Dodgers travel to Tucson today to take on the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks.  James McDonald makes his final Arizona start of the spring, and while he hasn't officially been named the 5th starter, the job appears to be his.  If all goes as scheduled, McDonald should also start the Dodgers' final exhibition game Sunday in San Francisco.

Starting for the Diamondbacks will be Billy Buckner.  Thomas Harding of reports that Buckner is fighting for a spot on the Arizona pitching staff with two other pitchers who will also pitch today, Leo Rosales and Bobby Korecky.

Some notes:

If Ohman gets called up -- something General Manager Ned Colletti says will happen unless the pitcher is injured -- he'll earn a base salary of $1.35 million this season. Ohman can opt out of the contract if he is not promoted by April 14.

The contract includes a $2.2-million club option for 2010 that the Dodgers can buy out for $200,000. Ohman's base salary in 2010 would increase to $2.3 million if he pitches in 80 games this season.

Ohman can earn an additional $425,000 in incentives this year -- $325,000 based on games pitched and $100,000 based on games finished. He can receive $475,000 in bonus pay in 2010 if his option is picked up -- $375,000 based on games finished and $100,000 based on games finished.

  • Ramona Shelburne of the LA Daily News profiles Ned Colletti's offseason.  For those of you that have asked for details of our sit down with Colletti on Saturday, here is an excerpt from Shelburne's article that sums up one of the themes:

"When we met with Joe (Torre) an the coaches after the LCS, we put together our wish list," he said. "With only a couple of exceptions, we were able to sign nearly every one of them. Every decision we've made had been driven by the evaluation of our manager, coaches and baseball people.

"Our payroll remains very strong and flexible in unprecedented times."

  • Manny Ramirez will not travel with the club today, but will play against the Giants in Scottsdale on Wednesday.

Also, remember to get your Elite 8 votes in for the 2009 Dodger prediction bracket contest.  Voting for this round runs through Wednesday night. Box Score | Gameday