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. 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


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.