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.