Mitch Jones, the reigning home run king in Minor League Baseball, has signed a deal with the Atlanta Braves that includes an invite to Major League Spring Training. Obviously, Atlanta is enamored with Jones’s power potential, and has a good chance of winning a spot as the Braves fourth outfielder.
As for the Dodgers, they’ve been busy the last couple days as well, signing a number of players to Minor League contracts with invites to Big League camp. Most notable on the list is Doug Mientkiewicz, who made the Dodgers last year as a utility infielder but separated his shoulder diving into second in April, an injury that sidelined him for nearly five months. Mientkiewicz did play in 11 games for the ‘Topes on a rehab assignment before re-joining Los Angeles in late September.
Former American League Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa has also inked a deal with the Dodgers after splitting last season between both New York teams. The 2003 ROY with the Royals started the season in the Yankees organization (where he played 16 games for the champs), was released on July 7 and was snatched up by the Mets, with whom he played eight games before getting hurt. Berroa is also familiar with the Dodgers organization, having played parts of 2008 in Los Angeles.
Here is a complete list of those players signed so far to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League camp (2009 clubs):
Luis Ayala – RH Reliever (Minnesota, New Orleans)
Angel Berroa – INF (Scranton / WB, NY Yankees, Buffalo, NY Mets)
Francisco Felix – RH Reliever (Chattanooga, Albuquerque)
John Lindsey – 1B (New Orleans)
Doug Mientkiewicz – IF (Los Angeles, Albuquerque)
Justin Miller – RH Reliever (San Francisco)
Juan Perez – LH Reliever (Gwinnet)
Prentice Redman – OF (Tacoma)
(Source – LA Times)
L.A. Times Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez also has an interesting tidbit in his blog about the possibility of Chin-lung Hu being a part of a potential deal for Reds pitcher Aaron Harang.
The hot stove is sure to heat up over the holidays!