Dodgers give nine signees camp invites

Dodgers give nine signees camp invites

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Thursday announced the signing of nine players to Minor League contracts with invites to Major League Spring Training, including the return of utility men Doug Mientkiewicz and Angel Berroa.

Also signed were first baseman John Lindsey, outfielder Prentice Redman and pitchers Justin Miller, Francisco Felix, Juan Perez, Josh Towers and Luis Ayala.

Mientkiewicz, 35, made the Opening Day roster in 2009, but missed most of the season after requiring reconstructive shoulder surgery and played in only 20 games. He went 6-for-18 and has a solid shot at making the club as a pinch-hitter.

Berroa, 32 next month, played in 84 games for the Dodgers in 2008, when he was acquired from Kansas City to fill in for injured shortstop Rafael Furcal. He has a decent shot at making the club as Furcal's veteran backup. He played for both New York clubs in 2009.

The right-handed Miller, 32, was 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 44 games with the Giants this year, his first full season in the Major Leagues. He made his Major League debut in 2002 with Toronto and has a career mark of 24-14 with a 4.84 ERA. He's been exclusively a reliever since 2005 and has also pitched for Florida and Chiba Lotte in Japan.

Lindsey, 33 next month, returns to the Dodgers after playing last year at Florida's Triple-A New Orleans affiliate, where he hit .251 with 18 homers and 83 RBIs. The slugging first baseman played in the Dodgers system in 2007-08. He has 194 Minor League home runs.

The 30-year-old Redman, brother of former Major Leaguer Tike Redman, last played in the Major Leagues in 2003 with the Mets. He'd been in Seattle's farm system the past three years.

The 26-year-old Felix is a right-hander who had been a Minor League free agent after spending the previous four seasons in the Dodgers system, splitting time in 2009 between Double-A and Triple-A.

Perez, 29 in February, is a right-hander who reached Triple-A in 2005 and pitched 15 2/3 Major League innings for Pittsburgh in 2006-07. He spent last season with Atlanta's Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate, where he went 2-4 with a 3.47 ERA.

Towers, 33 in February, spent most of 2009 at Triple-A, with two Major League appearances for the Yankees after pitching all of 2008 for Colorado's Triple-A affiliate at Colorado Springs. He was a 13-game winner for Toronto in 2005, but his career has spiraled downward, going 7-20 in the Major Leagues since.

Ayala, 32 next month, split 2009 between Minnesota and Florida, with a composite 1-5 record and 5.63 ERA. The right-handed reliever pitched five years for Montreal/Washington and also for the Mets in 2008.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.