01/09/2013 8:31 PM ET
Dodgers sign seven Minor League free agents
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
The club earlier announced the signings to Minor League contracts of pitchers Juan Abreu, Kelvin De La Cruz, Gregory Infante; catcher Wilkin Castillo; and infielders Alfredo Amezaga, Nick Evans and Osvaldo Martinez.
The most interesting of the new names is Ramon Castro, a 36-year-old who has spent parts of 13 seasons in the Major Leagues and becomes the veteran catching insurance policy behind starter A.J. Ellis and rookie Tim Federowicz.
Eliezer Alfonzo, 33, is a catcher that hit 12 homers for the Giants as a rookie, but has bounced around since then and played in Mexico last year.
Brian Barden, 31, is an infielder who last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2010 and played half of the 2011 season in Japan.
Omar Luna, a 26-year-old utility man, played last year for Tampa Bay's Double-A affiliate in Montgomery.
Infielder Dallas McPherson, formerly a top prospect with the Angels, will be with his seventh organization. The 32-year-old last played in the Major Leagues with the White Sox in 2011 and spent 2012 at Triple-A for Pittsburgh and the White Sox. In 2008 he hit 42 homers for Triple-A Albuquerque.
Jeremy Moore, a 25-year-old outfielder, is a former Angels farmhand who will participate in next week's Development Minicamp in Arizona. He missed the 2012 season with hip labrum surgery, but briefly reached the big leagues for the Angels in 2011 after being a sixth-round pick in 2005. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.
Matt Palmer, a 33-year-old right-handed pitcher, has pitched parts of the past five seasons in the Major Leagues, including briefly for San Diego last year, and went 11-2 for the Angels in 2009 as a swingman.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.