Tiffee (Who?) Is A Third Base Candidate

For those who feel the Dodgers require third base help from outside the organization, some exotic names have been featured. People like Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Beltré. No one though has mentioned Terry Tiffee. But, so far, Tiffee is what they've got.

Tiffee has signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers that includes an invitation to spring training to join in the fun around third, which happens to be the position he plays.

He played it last year for Norfolk, the Orioles AAA farm team in the International League. There he hit .272 with 10 home runs and 55 runs batted in. Not exactly shaking the thunder down from the sky but respectable enough.

He's 28 years old, 6-4, 225 and a switchhitter. He comes with big league experience, having played in 91 games all for the Twins spread over the years of 2004-05-06. Over that span he averaged just .226 while managing only five home runs.

Originally from North Little Rock, Ark., Tiffee was a 26th-round draft selection of the Twins in 1999 out of Pratt, Kan., Community College. He has a smooth line-drive swing, a good arm but limited range.

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