Dodgers sign 15 to Minors contracts

Dodgers sign 15 to Minors contracts

The Dodgers announced the signing of 15 free agents to Minor League contracts on Thursday, including former Dodgers infielder Juan Castro and reliever Yhency Brazoban.

The 15 free agents, including 10 pitchers, have invitations to Spring Training at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers' new facility in Glendale, Ariz.

Of the 15 players, Castro, a 14-year veteran who has played on four teams, has the most experience. Castro originally signed with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in 1991 and played his first five Major League seasons in Los Angeles from 1995-99.

Most recently, Castro was the Orioles' everyday shortstop in the second half of last season after being traded by the Rockies on July 19.

Castro hit .205 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 54 games with the Orioles in 2008 while posting a .977 fielding percentage at shortstop.

Castro could fill a similar role as Angel Berroa, who played in 84 games with the Dodgers last season before signing a Minor League contract with the Yankees on Tuesday.

The Dodgers also signed Brazoban, who led the team in saves in 2005 but has pitched just 9 2/3 Major League innings since.

Brazoban pitched in two games last season for the Dodgers because of right shoulder ailments stemming from a torn labrum in 2007.

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Another notable signing was Luis Maza, who played in 45 games for the Dodgers last season as a utility player and batted .228 with a home run and four RBIs.

The other signings were left-handers Carmen Cali, Brian Mazone, Jacobo Meque, Stephen Randolph and Erick Threets; right-handers Travis Chick, Nick DeBarr, Edgar Martinez and Scott Strickland; middle infielder Hector Luna and first basemen/outfielders Mitch Jones and Val Pascucci.

Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.