PHOENIX -- The Dodgers on Wednesday night signed veteran outfielder Garret Anderson, who immediately moved to the front of the line in the competition for the left-handed pinch-hitter's role.
General manager Ned Colletti confirmed the signing of Anderson to a Minor League contract. Anderson, 37, will make a base salary of $550,000 plus incentives if he makes the club, which would be his third team in a distinguished 16-year career. Colletti said Anderson would report on Friday.
Anderson, who signed a one-year big league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Feb. 24 of last year, becomes the favorite for the lefty bat off the bench over Brian Giles and Doug Mientkiewicz, who both spent most of last season injured.
Giles missed most of the second half with a chronic knee issue and is uncertain if it can take the pounding of baseball, while Mientkiewicz blew out his shoulder on a headfirst slide and is unable to do anything more than lob throws.
Colletti said he was interested in Anderson because he was healthy and productive enough last season to slug 13 homers with 61 RBIs in 496 at-bats with Atlanta. Anderson also can play left field, although the Dodgers signed free agent Reed Johnson to replace the traded Juan Pierre as fourth outfielder.
Anderson, who went to Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, Calif., played the first 15 years of his career with the Angels, making three All-Star teams and delivering the World Series-winning hit in Game 7 of the 2002 Fall Classic against the Giants.
He is a career .295 hitter with 285 home runs, 1,353 RBIs and 2,501 hits.
Doug Miller is a national writer for MLB.com. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.