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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dodgers Notes: Los Angeles signs Miguel Olivo to a minor league contract

By on 1/21/2014 08:41:00 PM

Now free from the shackles of the Miami Marlins, catcher Miguel Olivo has procured a fresh start with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, in the form of a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The 35-year old backstop caught on with the Marlins shortly before opening day last season after asking for, and being granted his release from the Cincinnati Reds. Playing sparingly, Olivo became unhappy with his role in Miami, walking out on the team in mid-June after demanding his release yet again. With Miami unwilling to comply with to his wishes, the veteran was placed on the restricted list, thereby forfeiting the remainder of his $800K contract and his option to sign with another club before season's end.

During his short tenure in South Florida, Olivo posted a .203/.250/.392 slash line with 4 home runs in 80
Photo by Keith Allison
plate appearances as the Marlins seldom-used backup catcher. With a reputation as an extreme free-swinger, the Dominican has registered only 157 walks in nearly 4,000 lifetime plate appearances over a 12 year career.

The former Mariner is expected to battle Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera for the right to back up A.J. Ellis next season.

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