Thursday, May 04, 2006

Agent Shopping Veteran Starter Aaron Sele, 35

Veteran hurler Aaron Sele, 35, has cleaned out his AAA Las Vegas locker as his agent, Adam Katz, has begun negotiating with several unnamed major league teams looking for pitching help. Sele, a 1991 first round draft pick of the Red Sox, is 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA for the Dodgers farm club, for which he allowed no runs and struck out a batter an inning in his last two starts. Last year he was 6-12 with a 5.66 ERA for Seattle. Sele left the Vegas 51s after Dodgers GM Nick Colletti refused to call Sele to Los Angeles. Colletti let Sele go in accordance with an agreement that if Sele wasn't with the big club by May 1 Sele could go elsewhere if he could find a team that wants him. Colletti made it clear that the 6-foot-5 right-hander ranked not only behind the Dodgers struggling No. 5 hurler Jae Seo, but also hot prospect Chad Billingsley. Billingsley, 22, owns a 1.59 ERA and has struck out 31 in 28 innings for the 51s. So far, Billingsley has received not much more encouragement than Sele about his chances for a callup anytime soon, though fans are growing impatient.