Dodgers sign Ike Davis to minor league deal

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The Dodgers signed free agent first baseman Ike Davis to a minor league deal on Friday, as first reported by Baseball America’s Matt Eddy (and later confirmed by the team). He’ll be the club’s 22nd non-roster invitee to receive an invite to spring training.

Davis, 29, was plagued by a knee injury last spring and spent the first half of the 2016 season at the Rangers’ Triple-A Round Rock. Despite slashing a modest .268/.350/.437 through 39 games with the team, he was released in June and promptly signed a major league contract with the Yankees in order to anchor their depth at first base. He lasted just eight games before his next minor league demotion, keeping a .214/.267/.214 batting line and one RBI through 15 PA.

Davis hasn’t seen a full-time role on a major league roster since his one-year stint with the 2014 Pirates, and it doesn’t look like Dodgers will afford him that opportunity in 2017. While he’ll compete for a backup role in spring training, he’s more likely to stick in the minors as first base insurance should something happen to starting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez or Darin Ruf.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.