The Los Angeles Dodgers have made official their one-year pact with infielder Adam Kennedy, the club announced on Wednesday. Kennedy, who turns 36 in January, will earn $800,000 plus a potential $150,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
“Adam gives us infield depth and an experienced left-handed bat,” said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. “He provides us with infield versatility at second and third base and can play first as well.”
Kennedy hit just .234/.277/.355 in 2011 with the Seattle Mariners, and the left-handed batting Kennedy played all over the infield. He started 34 games at second base, his natural position, 24 games at third base, and 23 more at first base in Seattle. The Dodgers will be Kennedy's fifth team in five seasons.
The Dodgers' bench now includes Kennedy and fellow newcomer Matt Treanor at catcher, and figures to include the arbitration-eligible Tony Gwynn Jr. with two spots up for grabs, with outfielder / first baseman Jerry Sands and infielder Justin Sellers in the mix.
The Dodgers now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.
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