The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed former Nationals back-up catcher Jesus Flores to a minor league deal that also includes an invitation to spring training at Camelback Ranch.
Adding Flores to the club gives the Dodgers more catching depth behind starting backstop A.J. Ellis and rookie catcher Tim Federowicz. He played with the Washington Nationals for the past five seasons, adding a veteran presence to help, with A.J. Ellis, mentor and guide the young Federowicz.
Flores, 28, has a lifelong batting average of .241 and an on-base percentage of .289 for his career. He struggled at the plate last season with just a .213 batting average and an On-base Plus Slugging of .663 in 296 plate appearances.
At Camelback Ranch, Flores will compete with non-roster invitees Elier Alfonzo, Wilkin Castillo and Ramon Castro.
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