With two weeks remaining until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to add players to the mix. They agreed to terms on a minor league deals with infielder Chone Figgins and veteran catcher Miguel Olivo, both with invites to Spring Training.
Still, the organization is looking to add another infielder and while they aren’t actively searching the starting pitching market, there’s still a chance they sign a veteran like Bronson Arroyo to a one or two year deal. However, the Dodgers are bringing back a former top prospect and three others on a minor league deal via Matt Eddy of Baseball America:
#Dodgers sign four to minor league deals: OF Trayvon Robinson (original L.A. draft pick), 2B Ryan Adams, C Miguel Olivo and RHP Mark Pope.
— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) January 24, 2014
Trayvon Robinson was a former 10th round draft pick with the Dodgers in 2005 and made it as far as Double A Chattanooga in 2010. In 2011, Robinson was traded to the Seattle Mariners in a three-way trade with the Boston Red Sox and the Dodgers received Tim Federowicz, Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez. After brief stints at the big league level, Robinson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Robert Andino and spent his time in Double A and Triple A last season.
Meanwhile, Ryan Adams is a 26-year-old second baseman who was drafted by the Orioles in the second round of the 2006 draft. Adams spent the 2010 season at Double A, hitting .298 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI. However, after a solid 2011 season and promotion to the big leagues, he was suspended 25 games for testing positive for an amphetamine. He became a free agent after an injured filled 2012 season and didn’t play in 2013.
Mark Pope spent time last season in the Atlanta Braves farm system and only pitched 18.1 innings. However, he pitched well in the independent Frontier League last season. He went 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA and had a decent 2.91 K/BB rate.
Olivo’s signing was made official a few days ago and it’s good to see Robinson back in the organization after so many were upset he was traded in the first place.
ICYMI: Here’s a Dodgers update from the last week centered around Masahiro Tanaka and Rusney Castillo