Dodgers sign free-agent catcher Miguel Olivo, invite Joc Pederson to spring training.

Miguel Olivo

Miguel Olivo was suspended by the Miami Marlins after leaving the club midway through the 2013 season. (Associated Press photo)


The Dodgers bulked up their major-league spring training roster Tuesday with one veteran and a swarm of prospects.

Free agent catcher Miguel Olivo, 35, signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Olivo batted .203/.250/.392 for the Miami Marlins last year before leaving the team in June. More recently Olivo batted .198/.289/.314 in 26 games in the Dominican Winter League.
The 12-year major league veteran immediately becomes the most experienced backstop in camp. Only three catchers are currently on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster: A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera.
The Dodgers also re-signed catcher Griff Erickson to a minor-league deal and invited him to spring training, along with eight of the organization’s top prospects: Joc Pederson, Zach Lee, Chris Reed, Ross Stripling, Miguel Rojas, Red Patterson, Carlos Frias and Chris O’Brien.


It’s the first major-league spring training invitation for Pederson — tabbed as the Dodgers’ number-one overall prospect by both MLB.com and BaseballAmerica.com — and Lee, whom MLB.com chose as the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect.

Pederson, Lee, Reed, Stripling, Frias and Rojas finished last season at Double-A Chattanooga. Patterson spent all of last season at Triple-A Albuquerque and O’Brien finished at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

They will join five other non-roster invitees in Glendale, Arizona in February: Infielder Clint Robinson, left-hander Daniel Moskos, infielder Brendan Harris, right-hander Sam Demel and catcher J.C. Boscan.

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