With less than two weeks remaining until the start of Spring Training, the Los Angeles Dodgers are busy adding players to the organization. Players like Brendan Harris, Clint Robinson, J.C. Boscan, Daniel Moskos and others have been signed to minor league deals already this winter.
While Harris has the best chance to make the major league team out of Spring Training, it’s likely that these players will either be released or play for different minor league teams in the Dodgers system. Today, the Dodgers added another player on a minor league deal according to Chris Cotillo of MLB DailyDish:
Confirmed that Aaron Bates has a minor league deal with the #Dodgers.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 29, 2014
Bates, 29, spent last season with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent League, hitting .306 with seven home runs and 57 RBI in 126 games. Prior to that, he’s spent time in the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals organizations.
Primarily a first baseman, Bates does have experience playing in the outfield and it’ll be interesting to see if he can get a job with the Dodgers Triple A affiliate in Albuquerque. Expect the Dodgers to sign more players for organizational depth as they look to bring more and more players into the fold before Spring Training.
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