Dodgers sign Alfredo Amezaga to minor-league deal

Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly signed 34-year-old utility infielder and center fielder Alfredo Amezaga to a minor-league contract. The switch hitter will be a non-roster invite to spring training.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly signed utility infielder Alfredo Amezaga to a minor-league deal and will be a non-roster invite to spring training, according to Fox's Ken Rosenthal. In addition to the middle infield positions, Amezaga can also play in centerfield.

The switch hitting Amezaga, 34, has spent nine seasons in the major leagues. His most recent big-league experience came in 2011, when he split time between the Colorado Rockies and then-Florida Marlins. During his career, Amezaga also spent time with the Anaheim Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Amezaga is a career .247 hitter in MLB, with an OPS of .640, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Rosenthal reports that Amezaga won a batting title while playing in the Mexican Pacific League. The Chicago Cubs signed Amezaga to a minor-league contract last year and he spent the season in Triple-A.

The Dodgers open the 2013 season on Monday, April 1, against their rival, and defending World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN and first pitch has already been scheduled for 1 p.m. PT.

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