Dodgers Sign Outfielder Garrett Anderson

The Dodgers signed former Angels' star outfielder Garret Anderson to a minor league contract Wednesday night, adding him to the audition for left-handed pinch-hitter. Anderson, 37, will compete with Brian Giles and Doug Mientkiewicz for one spot on the Dodgers' bench.

General manager Ned Colletti said Anderson, 37, will make a base salary of $550,000 plus to $200,000 possible in incentive bonuses. He can ask for his release if he does not make the team.

He is a career .295 hitter with 285 home runs, 1,353 RBIs and 2,501 hits and becomes the favorite for the lefty bat off the bench over Brian Giles and Doug Mientkiewicz, who both were injured last season. Giles missed most of the second half with a chronic knee issue injury and Mientkiewicz tore up his shoulder on a headfirst slide early in the season with the Dodgers.

The outfielder, who is expected to report to camp tomorrow (Friday) hit .268 with 13 home runs for the Atlanta Braves last season. Over a 16-year career, he has 41 at-bats as a pinch-hitter, with two extra-base hits, two walks and a .297 batting average.

"If we can find a place for a solid veteran left-handed hitter, it will help," Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said. "Between Doug, Brian and Garret, we hope to find one." Colletti said Anderson understood he would be competing for a bench job.

"He's still an above-average major league hitter," Colletti said. "He still played a lot last year for Atlanta. He was productive. He knows how to play and compete."

Bell Opens with a Bang
Josh Bell, who was traded along with pitcher Steve Johnson to Baltimore for reliever George Sherrill last season, homered twice and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in three runs in his Orioles debut in Wednesday's 12-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

"When I walked in and saw my name [on Wednesday's lineup card], I got fired up a little bit," Bell said. "Just being over here is a good feeling. I think I've been smiling ever since I've been here.

"Sometimes you have one of those days," Bell said. "I feel good. I was just trying to hit the ball hard. I feel good, especially coming over after being with the Dodgers for five years and coming to an organization and being able to perform in front of everybody."