Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
The switch-hitting utility man gives LA another bench option.
Source: #Dodgers sign IF Alfredo Amezaga to minor-league deal with invitation to spring training. Amezaga won Mexican League batting title.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 5, 2013
Amezaga, 34, did not play big-league ball in 2012 but performed well enough in the Mexican winter league to earn a shot to make the Dodgers' roster next month.
The switch-hitting jack-of-all-trades hit .274/.336/.372 with six home runs in 113 games for the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate last season. Amezaga last appeared in the bigs with the Rockies and Marlins in 2011, hitting just .182/.247/.195 in 87 plate appearances.
Amezaga spent a good portion of his MLB career playing center field for the Miami, but has received more playing time on the infield over the last few seasons. He could be a back-up infield option if the club decides to part ways with either Juan Uribe or Dee Gordon.