On the same day outfielder Scott Podsednik became a free agent by declining his option for 2011, the Dodgers kept one free agent outfielder by re-signing Jay Gibbons to a one-year deal, the club announced today.
The left-handed Gibbons hit .280/.313/.507 in 37 games with the Dodgers, with five home runs and 17 runs batted in. He started 13 games in left field, and two at first base, and figures to occupy a bench role for the Dodgers in 2011. Gibbons signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers last season, and took advantage, hitting .347/.375/.594 with 19 home runs and 83 RBI for the Triple A Albuquerque Isotopes, making the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.
The contract for Gibbons was reported to be for a guaranteed $650,000 plus a potential $150,000 in incentives by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Gibbons had not played in the majors since 2007, and was named in the Mitchell Report for use of performance enhancing drugs. Gibbons played college baseball at California State University , Los Angeles from 1996-98 after graduating from Mayfair High School in Lakewood.
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