Dodgers expected to bring back Gibbons

Dodgers expected to bring back Gibbons

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers are expected to re-sign Jay Gibbons, whose resurrection after three years in baseball purgatory is one of the feel-good stories of the year.

But just in case, Gibbons said Japan is "an option."

There are indications that Japanese teams will show interest in Gibbons, who fits the power profile (five homers in 73 at-bats) that intrigues Japanese teams.

Of course, that power intrigues the Dodgers, too. Gibbons, Ted Lilly and Rod Barajas are expected to be three players the Dodgers try to re-sign before the window of exclusivity expires two weeks after the World Series ends.

"To me, if the Dodgers want me, it will be pretty easy," said Gibbons, who lives in Southern California. "It's been great playing at home, waking up with [my three] kids. It would be great to get it out of the way and not have to worry during the offseason what I'll be doing."

The 33-year-old Gibbons had one season of 28 home runs and one of 100 RBIs for the Orioles, but he dropped off every team's radar when his name came up in the Mitchell Report on performance enhancing drugs. He bounced from Milwaukee's Minor League system to Independent ball, then was signed and released by Florida in 2009.

Preparing to coach high school ball, he instead took the only offer he received -- a Triple-A job with the Dodgers' Albuquerque franchise -- and not even an invite to Major League camp. He tore up the Pacific Coast League and was promoted to the Dodgers on Aug. 8.

"I've played a lot more than I thought I would," Gibbons said. "Just to be on the club is great. It feels good to get into a regular routine. I've had to come a long way to get here. It's amazing."