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The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the coaching staffs of their six minor-league affiliates, including the Albuquerque Isotopes, on Sunday.

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Damon Berryhill, a former major-league catcher, has been promoted from manager of rookie-level Ogden to take the helm of the Albuquerque Isotopes for 2014.

The Isotopes had a vacancy after Lorenzo Bundy was promoted to the Dodgers' coaching staff. Bundy will be the Dodgers' third base coach in 2014 as another former Isotopes manager, Tim Wallach, was moved from that position to bench coach following the dismissal of Trey Hillman.

Berryhill, 50, managed the Raptors for the last five seasons, leading them to the Pioneer League playoffs four times. He also managed and coached in the Los Angeles Angels' and Texas Rangers' minor-league systems from 2002 to 2008.

A native of Laguna Beach, Calif., Berryhill was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1984 and made his big-league debut in 1987. He was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 1991 and had a career moment when he hit the winning home run in Game 1 of the 1992 World Series against Toronto. Berryhill also played for Boston (1994), Cincinnati (1995) and San Francisco (1997). He was a career .240/.288/.368 hitter in 683 games.

While Berryhill will be the new face in the Isotopes' dugout, both pitching coach Glenn Dishman and hitting coach Franklin Stubbs will return to Albuquerque. Dishman has been with the Isotopes since midway through the 2010 season, while Stubbs will be entering his second year as hitting coach.

The coaching news was the big story Sunday, but Saturday it was all about a slew of new player signings. The Dodgers signed five free agent pitchers to minor-league contracts, all of whom could end up with the Isotopes.

Right-handers Drew Carpenter and Henry Sosa could be candidates for Albuquerque's rotation. Carpenter pitched for two Triple-A and two Double-A teams last year. The former Phillies and Long Beach State pitcher went 7-9 with a 4.97 ERA in 24 starts in his four stops.

As for Sosa, the former Houston Astro returns after spending this past season with the Kia Tigers in Korea. Sosa went 9-9 with a 5.47 ERA.

The potential bullpen arms are lefties Jack McGeary and Fu-Te Ni, plus right-hander Romulo Sanchez. McGeary has never reached the big leagues and posted just a 4.98 ERA in 14 games with Single-A Greenville and short-season Lowell for the Red Sox this past summer.

Ni, a native of Taiwan, has pitched for the Detroit Tigers in the past, but did not pitch at all in 2013. Sanchez pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2007-08) and New York Yankees (2010). He had an 8.59 ERA in eight games for Tabasco of the Mexican League last summer.

Those additions come in the wake of the news that several 2013 Isotopes have signed elsewhere as free agents. Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez (7-3, 5.13 ERA) and catcher John Baker (.205/.302/.295, 4 HR, 18 RBI) have joined the Cubs, right-hander Matt Palmer (6-8, 3.84) signed with the Mariners, right-hander Angel Castro (8-5, 3.48) signed with the Cardinals, outfielder Matt Angle (.283/.374/.433, 8 HR, 62 RBI, 22 stolen bases) signed with the Marlins and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. (.300/.393/.384, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 12 stolen bases) signed with the Phillies.

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