A's Ink OF Ledee

The competition for the Oakland A's fifth outfield spot increased on Wednesday, when the A's signed 10-year veteran Ricky Ledee to a minor league contract. He was invited to big league spring training.

The Oakland A's have signed long-time veteran Ricky Ledee to a minor league contract to compete with Hiram Bocachica, Ryan Goleski and Charles Thomas for the fifth outfielder's spot on the A's 25-man roster. Ledee spent time in the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations last season.

Ledee at one time was a coveted prospect in the New York Yankees chain. However, he has never lived up to that top prospect billing during his 10-year major league career. The left-handed hitting outfielder has played for the Yankees, Cleveland, Texas, Philadelphia, San Francisco, the Mets and the Dodgers during his career.

His best years came with Philadelphia in 2003 and 2004. In 2003, he hit a career-high 13 homers and posted an 809 OPS in 121 games for the Phillies. Then in 2004, Ledee posted a 905 OPS in 73 games for Philadelphia before being dealt at the trade deadline to San Francisco for reliever Felix Rodriguez. Ledee bombed in San Francisco, batting only .113 in 31 games.

Ledee recovered to hit .278 with seven homers in 102 games for the Dodgers in 2005, but he struggled in 2006, batting a combined .188 for the Dodgers and Mets in 70 games.

Ledee can play all three outfield positions and has always been a patient hitter. Despite logging 10 years at the big league level, he is still only 33. Ledee hails from Ponce, Puerto Rico, the same hometown as Bocachica, who will likely be his main competition for a spot on the A's roster.

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