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>Dodgers Sign Tony Gwynn Jr.

08 Dec

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The Dodgers have added another outfielder to their roster:

With only the passing of a physical exam remaining before Vicente Padilla officially rejoins the Dodgers as a swingman and having kicked the tires on Zack Greinke, general manager Ned Colletti turned his attention toward left field, agreeing to terms with Tony Gwynn, according to a baseball source.

Colletti wouldn’t confirm that the son of the Hall of Famer, non-tendered by the Padres last week, had moved to the top of the list of candidates that had included Scott Podsednik and Matt Diaz. But he said he had made significant progress in talks Tuesday with an unnamed outfielder who would add speed and defense to the lineup.

Gwynn, 28, should do just that. His batting average fell from .270 in 2009 to .204 this year, when he played in 117 games and stole a career-high 17 bases. Defensively, he has outstanding range and can play any of the three outfield positions.

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Gwynn can play all 3 OF positions and should be a key piece to our running game coming off the bench. Still waiting for Colletti to find a catcher, left fielder, and #1 starting pitcher.

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