Dodgers sign Aaron Miles to a minor league contract

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The Dodgers announced after last night’s game that they have signed infielder Aaron Miles to a minor league contract.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the 35-year-old has already reported to the club’s complex in Arizona for extended spring training.

Miles failed to latch on with a team during the offseason, despite batting .275 over 136 games with the Dodgers last season. Of course, he also had a lowly .660 OPS and only 23 of his 125 hits went for extra bases, so he wasn’t nearly as productive as his batting average indicated. But look at all that grit.

The Dodgers just placed utility man Jerry Hairston, Jr. on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and Juan Uribe has been anything but durable recently, so Miles will function as insurance for the infield.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.