Robles to Mexico, signs Larry Bigbie

Los Angeles said good-bye to utilityman Oscar Robles, sending him back to the Mexico City Red Devils, and signed Larry Bigbie, a six-year major league veteran and invited him to spring training.

  Robles, 30, did a remarkable job during the 2005 season. He did not make the club out of Spring Training and was returned to the Mexican League, then was re-purchased in May and played in 110 games, batting .272 with 18 doubles and five home runs while playing second and third base.

But in 2006, the Dodgers preferred Ramon Martinez as their utilityman, and Robles played most of the 2006 season at Las Vegas, hitting .287 with little power in 86 games, returning to Los Angeles to play in 29 games, mostly as a pinch-hitter, and hitting .152.

The 29-year-old Bigbie, a 6-4, 215 pound left-handed hitter, is another whose performance has been hampered by injuries. A stress fracture and a hernia limited him to only 17 games with the Cardinals after five years with Baltimore.

After hitting .303 over 80 games, with 15 doubles and nine home runs, in 2003, he got his chance to play regularly in 2004 and responded with 15 homers, 68 RBI in 139 games with a .280 average.

He had a slow start in 2005 and after being traded to Colorado, had an even slower second half, hitting .212.

In 2006 he only played a few games for the Cardinals before injuries ended his season early.