Vet C Pat Borders, Lefty Joe Beimel Signed

The Dodgers wanted to add some experience in the catching department and they certainly did that by signing Pat Borders who's been around a long time as a non-roster addition with an invitation to spring training. They also threw another lefthanded reliever in the mix with a similar signing of Joe Beimel.

Borders, who'll be 43 in May, has been playing professionally since 1982 which means he might wind up catching pitchers such as Greg Miller who wasn't even born then. Pat made it up to the big leagues in 1989 with Toronto and has been playing in all or parts of major league seasons since then. In 2005 he opened the year in the Milwaukee system at Nashville, then was traded to Seattle where he hit .197-1-7 , then was released in July.

It's expected that Borders will be assigned to Las Vegas as a backup for Russell Martin if Dioner Navarro and Sandy Alomar win the big league jobs as expected.

Beimel was an 18th round selection by Pittsburgh in 1998 and labored in the Pirate system for six years, He made his major league debut with Minnesota, appearing in three games in 2004. Last year he was in the Tampa Bay system, going 1-2, 3.93 for Durham (International) and was 0-0, 3.27 in seven games for the Devil Rays.

Now 28 years old, he'll compete for a lefthanded relief role against Kelly Wunsch and Hong Chih Kuo.

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