Dodgers, Amezaga reach deal

Free-agent infielder Alfredo Amezaga has reached an agreement with
the Dodgers on a minor-league contract.

The deal will pay Amezaga $650,000 if he makes the
major-league roster. He also can earn an additional $800,000 in
performance bonuses.

FOXSports.com was the first to report the agreement.

The Dodgers also reached a minor-league deal Wednesday with
right-hander Ramon Ortiz.

Amezaga, if healthy after undergoing microfracture surgery on
his left knee last July, can serve the Dodgers as both an infielder
and outfielder, filling a super-utility role. He is on course in
his recovery, a source said.

Amezaga, 32, began running only a few weeks ago. He is now
taking groundballs and throwing and increasing his running program.

The Dodgers recently signed Reed Johnson to be their fourth
outfielder. Jamey Carroll will be one infield reserve, and Nick
Green also will be in camp competing for a spot. Ron Belliard and
Blake DeWitt are the leading candidates at second base.

The Marlins nontendered Amezaga because of medical concerns,
but considered him one of their more valuable players from 2006 to
’08.

Ortiz, who turns 37 on March 23, hasn’t pitched in the majors
since 2007 with Minnesota and Colorado. He was 5-6 with a 3.05 ERA
last year in 16 starts and 19 relief appearances for San
Francisco’s Triple-A Fresno farm team. Ortiz is 84-80 in nine major
league seasons.



The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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