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Dodgers sign Miguel Olivo to minor league deal

Jan 21, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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J.P. Hoonstra of the Los Angeles News Group reports that the Dodgers have signed veteran catcher Miguel Olivo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Olivo batted just .203 with a .642 OPS and 23 strikeouts in 80 plate appearances last season for the Marlins. He walked out on the team in June after they refused to grant his request for release and spent the rest of the summer at home.

A.J. Ellis is ticketed to start for the Dodgers at catcher and Tim Federowicz is expected to be the backup, so Olivo is a longshot to crack Los Angeles’ Opening Day roster or make any sort of meaningful impact for the club in 2014. The 35-year-old is a .241/.275/.417 career hitter at the major league level. His career-best season was 2009, when he tallied 23 home runs and 65 RBI in 114 games with the Royals.

The Dodgers also signed 25-year-old catcher Geoff Erickson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He has never appeared in a major league game.

  1. Ayana Rashed - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM

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  3. Old Gator - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Olivo’s AWOL act didn’t really rattle any windowpanes here in Macondo. A washed up scrubeenie stalking out of a quasi-ludic wasteland like Macondo Banana Massacre Field because they wouldn’t let him be a more proactive part of their lost planet season bubbled up on the third pages of the local sports sections like a swamp fart and dissipated to the winds. I guess the stink of his antics didn’t hang in the air very long, though. I’m not sure if his ackcherley finding work elsewhere is indicative of anyone sensing some value left in him, or if it’s a gesture of contempt for the front orifice upon whose burning hair he was too peeved to piss.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      At the moment, Anthopoulos sounds as though he’s suffering from sticker shock. On Thursday, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi tweeted, “AA again says acquisition cost for FA pitchers and arms in trade too high at the moment.” That’s fairly typical GM posturing; Anthopoulos knows he needs to make a splash to reassure the Blue Jays’ fan base that the team still intends to contend in 2014.

      • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        A-a-a-annnnnd Poor Dim Harry thumbs himself up yet again. Considering where his thumb spends most of its time, I would hate to have to walk into the same room where he keeps his keyboard. Phew. That and, of course, the dipwit posts his ersatz Tanaka comment on the wrong thread, realizes he’s in his usual state of dimwitted vapor lock, and then posts an identical comment where it was supposed to be in the first place.

        Or, perhaps, he posted it on the Tanaka thread in the first place, got confused, and then posted it here – and then said “uh, ah, ummmm….” to himself. If this happens often, he might benefit from a lobotomy.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        Or maybe I did it just to ruin your morning! Ever think of that possibility?

      • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        No, because you’re no more capable of ruining my morning than you are of writing a coherent sentence, punctuated and spelled like any third grader at an inner city elementary school could manage.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Unfinished business: Starting pitching

    The rotation is full of question marks, starting with frontmen Dickey and Buehrle, neither of whom lived up to expectations in 2013. J.A. Happ, Brandon Morrow and Todd Redmond, the three pitchers currently penciled in to round out the unit, combined for just 42 big league starts and a 4.78 ERA (85 ERA+) in 2013 due to injuries and mediocrity. Happ missed 77 games after being hit in the head by a line drive, while Morrow lost four months to an entrapped nerve in his forearm; he’s totaled just 31 starts over the past two seasons. Between that trio, holdovers Kyle Drabek and Esmil Rogers and prospects Marcus Stroman and Sean Nolin — both of whom spent nearly all of last season at Double-A — the team has a variety of back-rotation options but nothing close to a sure thing who can fill a mid-rotation role.

    As such, the Blue Jays have scouted Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka, though they’re not serious players to sign him. They’re said to be a leading candidate to sign Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez

    • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Copied from somewhere, no doubt. And still, like the decerebrated cockroach who posted it, irrelevant to this thread.

      • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM for the source of our virtual village idiot’s latest limping effort to make himself sound like he knows what he’s talking about.

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