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Friday, December 18, 2009

Dodgers Sign Brian Barton (UPDATE)

To a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, reports Dylan Hernandez via Twitter.

The Dodgers will now be inviting 10 players to Spring Training who have signed minor league deals with the club.

Barton, 27, was born in LA and signed as an amateur free agent in 2005 by Cleveland.

Barton, an OF, has appeared in 83 games over 2 seasons, amassing 179 plate appearances with a .354 OBP.

His minor league numbers are impressive, with a slash line of .300/.398/.451/.849 in 5 seasons.

I really like the idea of Xavier Paul and Barton being the 4th and 5th OFs, though the team does have a love affair with Jason Repko that I can't explain.

Nice signing by Ned.

Barton's career:
  • May 14, 2005: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent.
  • December 6, 2007: Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Cleveland Indians in the 2007 rule 5 draft.
  • April 20, 2009: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Atlanta Braves for Blaine Boyer

UPDATE: Thanks to commenter louisinsf over at Dodger Thoughts (and verified by the ever reliable Wikipedia), Barton was drafted by the Dodgers in the 38th round (1137th overall) of the 2000 MLB Draft, but did not sign and instead attended Loyola Marymount University.

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