Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 11/27/11


According to Jon Paul Morosi, Wil Ledezma has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 30-year-old left-hander was designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays in August after spending most of 2011 in the Blue Jays AAA affiliate. In his nine big league seasons, Ledezma has a career ERA of 5.40 with 6.4 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 in 396 innings pitched.

The significance of this signing, well, there isn't any. I saw Twitter blow up and thought something huge must've just gone down. Nope! My first thought was Colletti had given Ledezma a multi-year deal or something, ummmm, yeah, nothing going on here. Let me clarify a couple things, the signing is a minor league deal, meaning that Ledezma is not on the major league roster. He will get a spring invite with a shot of making the opening day roster as a lefty option out of the bullpen, but really that's it. With Hong-Chih Kuo likely to non-tendered in the coming days, we will likely see more moves like this as they look options to go along with Scott Elbert in 2012.

The Dodgers typically hand out ten or so of these minor league deals, and pair up a spring invite to go along with them. Some times you can get some real value out of these deals much like the Dodgers did last season with Dana Eveland and Mike MacDougal. Then of course there are the ones handed to Lance Cormier and Russ Ortiz which just don't work out well  at all. Here's the beauty of these deals though, win-lose-or draw these deals are always minimal money and almost zero commitment, so really there is no risk involved. Typically you throw ten of these non-risk deals to the wall, one or two of them usually stick. So little money, almost zero commitment, and hardly any risk, leaves no reason to start with the "our awesome GM sarcasm."

Honestly, I think these deals are going to be pivotal for the Dodgers this winter. The Dodgers need to find some options that can help fill in some holes on the major league roster. With the budget being reportedly tightened up, finding some bench and bullpen help through some spring training invites would certainly not be the worst thing in the world, so bring 'em on.

Ask and you shall receive, Roberto Baly of Vin Scully is my Homeboy just posted this as I was putting this post together. An Australian reports is saying righty reliever Shane Lindsay, has also signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers that includes an invite to spring training. Lindsays, 27, has been hanging out in the minors for the last seven years with three organizations, finally making his MLB debut with four games for the White Sox in 2011.
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