When Andrew Friedman was hired as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, he touched on the importance of not only assembling a World Series team, but also sustaining it with the Minor League system.
Under Friedman’s and general manager Farhan Zaidi’s direction, the Dodgers added to the Minors by claiming infielder Ryan Jackson off waivers and trading for outfielder/first baseman Kyle Jensen of the Miami Marlins.
Filling out the organizational depth continued Saturday as Buck Britton revealed on Twitter he was leaving the Baltimore Orioles to join the Dodgers:
— Buck Britton (@BuckInHere) November 22, 2014
Later, MASN’s Roch Kubatko added more context to Britton signing a Minor-League deal with the Dodgers:
Sure enough, the Dodgers signed Britton to a minor league contract today that most likely includes an invitation to spring training. Update: Britton did receive a spring invite, and his contract includes an opt-out clause.
The Orioles selected Britton out of Lubbock Christian University in the 35th round of the 2008 draft. During his seven years with the Orioles organization, Britton never advanced past Triple-A and played all over the field — first, second and third base, shortstop, and left and right field.
Britton also appeared in two games as a reliever for Double-A Bowie, throwing two innings and allowing one run on two hits.
The 28 year old split time last season with the Orioles’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. In 61 games with the Baysox, he slashed .317/.378/.464 with 32 RBIs. His numbers were noticeably lower against more advanced pitching as he slashed .254/.305/.439 in 59 games with the Tides.
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