Chan Ho Park has sued Chad Kreuter, his former Dodgers battery mate, accusing him of failing to fully pay off a $460,000 loan.

Park filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming breach of promissory note and negligent misrepresentation.

The suit claims Park loaned Kreuter $460,000 in October 2005 to be repaid a year later with interest. Park alleges that Kreuter paid back $290,000 in April 2007 and that the unpaid balance has grown, with interest, to $281,869.73 as of Dec. 1.

Park is a free agent after pitching for the Phillies last season. Kreuter retired in 2003.

The two played together on the Dodgers in 2000-01.

Attempts to reach Kreuter at the University of Southern California, where he works, were unsuccessful.

Nats get Capps. Reliever Matt Capps reached a preliminary agreement early yesterday on a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

Capps can earn $425,000 more in performance bonuses for games finished under the deal, which was reached about 12:30 a.m.

The 26-year-old became a free agent this month when Pittsburgh decided not to offer him a contract for 2010. The righthander earned 27 saves last season.

Duchscherer stays with A's. Righthander Justin Duchscherer has reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would keep him with the Oakland Athletics, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press.

A two-time all-star, the 32-year-old missed the 2009 season because of an elbow injury and was treated for clinical depression.

Angels sign Rodney. Reliever Fernando Rodney signed a two-year, $11 million deal with Los Angeles.

The 32-year-old righthander spent his first seven major-league seasons with Detroit, including the last two years as closer. He converted 37 of 38 save opportunities last season.

Astros scout dies. Stan Benjamin, 95, a Houston Astros scout for nearly 40 years, died early yesterday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

He joined the Astros in 1965 and scouted American League East clubs for several seasons before working as the team's scouting supervisor for the Northeast.