Dallas McPherson: Back to Albuquerque.

The Dodgers signed free agent Dallas McPherson to a minor-league contract Friday.

McPherson last surfaced in the majors in 2011, when he made 15 plate appearances with the White Sox. Once a top prospect in the Angels’ system, the 32-year-old flamed out due to injuries after losing the starting third base job in Anaheim to Chone Figgins in 2006. He sat out all of the 2007 season after having back surgery to fuse two vertebrae in his lower back before resurfacing in 2008 with the Albuquerque Isotopes, then a Florida Marlins affiliate.

With the Dodgers, McPherson appears headed for Albuquerque again. The Isotopes’ third baseman last season, Josh Fields, recently signed a minor-league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. McPherson has spent the majority of his career at the hot corner, but also saw time at first, center field, right field and designated hitter in 2012, when he split the year between the White Sox and Pirates’ organizations.

McPherson batted .265/.344/.490 in 2012 with 17 home runs and 62 RBIs. The Dodgers will be his sixth organization in the last seven years.

Mike Piazza, Hall of Famer?

Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year. Voting began last month and concludes in January. Earlier, we asked you who you thought belonged in the Hall, and a lot of you liked Piazza.

I could probably link to at least a dozen written pro/con Piazza arguments, but I’ll single out the one Jay Jaffe wrote for SI.com today for its even-handedness between numbers and anecdotes, and its fair treatment of the PED question. (Piazza wasn’t ever connected to steroids on the record, though he did admit to using androstenedione early in his career.)

My two cents: Piazza is a first ballot HOFer, and I’d like to believe that voters will agree.