LA ships Robles to Mexico, signs Bigbie
Dodgers invite veteran outfielder to big-league camp
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers did some late tinkering with their roster Friday, selling utilityman Oscar Robles back to the Mexico City Red Devils and signing journeyman outfielder Larry Bigbie to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League camp at Spring Training.
The 29-year-old Bigbie, a left-handed hitter, has played parts of the last six years in the Major Leagues in a career marked by numerous injuries. He suffered a stress fracture of his foot and a hernia last year, when he was limited to 17 Major League games with the St. Louis Cardinals. His best season came in 2004, when he hit 15 homers with 68 RBIs for Baltimore.
Robles, 30, was one of the more pleasant surprises of the 2005 season. Although he did not make the club out of Spring Training and actually was returned to the Mexican League team, he was purchased back in May and played in 110 games, batting .272.
But a new management team brought Ramon Martinez in to be the Major League utilityman last year, and Robles played most of the 2006 season at Triple-A Las Vegas.
"I just want to thank the Dodgers for giving me the chance to play in the Major Leagues," said Robles, who added he is confident he will return to a big-league franchise, perhaps for the upcoming season.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.