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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Who Needs Manny? Dodgers Sign Doug "Eyechart" Mientkiewicz To Minor League Deal

Dylan Hernandez reports the Dodgers signed Doug Mientkiewicz to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, pending a physical. I was shocked to see that, despite my recollection of him as a no-hit, all-glove first baseman, he's actually had a couple decent average seasons of late, posting a .277/.374/.379 line with the Pirates in 2008 principally as the team's third baseman. If you take a look at his 2008 game log, he was principally used as a pinch-hitter after the trade deadline; I was curious, because I recall rumblings about the Bucs being nonplussed with Andy LaRoche's performance after the trade. (LaRoche is still having trouble with his back.)

As for Dougie D, the thing I remember him most for is his sticky-fingered refusal to give up the game ball from Boston's historic 2004 World Series victory.

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