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01/04/2005 6:13 PM ET
Dodgers sign outfielder Bradley
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have signed outfielder Milton Bradley to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration, according to Dodger Executive Vice President and General Manager, Paul DePodesta.

"Milton was a key to our team's success in 2004, and we expect him to be a major contributor again in 2005," said DePodesta. He is an accomplished player with the ability to be even more."

Bradley, 26, set career highs in homers (19), RBI (67), runs (72) and hits (138) last season while appearing in 141 games for the Dodgers. He tied for the team lead in walks (71) and led the club with nine outfield assists. His 19 homers were the fourth-most in the National League and 10th most in Major League Baseball among switch-hitters.

In parts of five Major League seasons with the Expos, Indians and Dodgers, Bradley has a .265 batting average with 41 homers, 195 runs batted in and 48 stolen bases.

Since joining the Dodgers in April, Bradley has been a visible member of the Los Angeles community, participating in several baseball clinics throughout the city. He took part in the Dodgers "Dash" for National Hunger Awareness Day which helped raise $30,000 and he also participated in the Take a Dodger to School program, visiting his former elementary school, Oakwood Academy in Long Beach.

The Harbor City, CA native also started "Bradley's Crew" in 2004, a program in which he hosted local youths and volunteers at Dodger Stadium and met with them prior to the game.

Bradley attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School and was originally selected in the second round of the June 1996 First-Year Player Draft by the Montreal Expos.

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