Amezaga agrees with Dodgers

One of the most versatile players to wear a Marlins uniform in recent years has found another job.

Alfredo Amezaga has reached agreement on a Minor League deal with the Dodgers. The 31-year-old utility player has an invitation to big league camp.

If Amezaga makes the Dodgers, he will earn $650,000, and if he meets all his incentives, he can earn another $800,000.

The 31-year-old has been with the Marlins since 2006. A switch-hitter, Amezaga has a career batting average of .251 with a .311 on-base percentage. A knee injury limited him to 27 games last year, and over the summer he underwent microfracture surgery after experiencing a bone bruise.

He was cleared to run in January, and worked out recently for four clubs. 

The Marlins maintained interest in bringing Amezaga back. While Amezaga enjoyed his tenure with Florida, he felt this was his best opportunity.

Because Amezaga is recovering from microfracture surgery to his left knee, the Marlins felt it was too risky to tender him a contract in December. A natural middle infielder who is an above average defensive center fielder, Amezaga made $1.3 million this past year and he appeared in just 27 games.

At the Winter Meetings in December, the Dodgers and Cubs explored acquiring Amezaga in a trade. But Amezaga wasn’t medically cleared at that time.

A natural middle infielder, Amezaga saw substantial time in center field. And he played every position but pitcher and catcher as a Marlin.

Emilio Bonifacio is the frontrunner to assume Amezaga’s utlity role.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

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