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01/09/09 9:33 PM EST
Dodgers sign Estes to Minors deal
Left-hander made eight starts in 2008 for Padres
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
After signing 15 free agents to Minor League contracts on Thursday, the Dodgers announced Friday that they signed veteran left-hander Shawn Estes to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Estes, 35, is a 13-year veteran who has pitched for seven teams in his career, including the Giants, Rockies, D-backs and Padres. If he makes the Dodgers roster, the left-hander will have pitched for all five National League West teams in his career. Estes pitched with the Padres last season, going 2-3 with a 4.74 ERA in eight starts and one relief appearance. In his career, he is 101-93 with a 4.71 ERA in 281 starts. His best season came in 1997 with the Giants when he went 19-5 and was named an All-Star.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.