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Dodgers sign Gabe Kapler to minor-league deal

January 18, 2011 |  2:28 pm

Gabe Kapler has officially signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers that includes an invitation to their major-league spring training camp.

A 35-year-old journeyman who has played for six teams over a 12 major-league seasons, Kapler played at Taft High School in Woodland Hills and at Moorpark College.

Kapler's career includes a 38-game stint in Japan with the Tokyo Giants, who released him in the middle of the 2005 season. He retired after the 2006 season and spent the next year managing the Boston Red Sox's class-A affiliate in Greenville, S.C.

Kapler resumed his playing career in 2008, batting .301 with eight homers and 38 runs batted in to be named the Jewish Comeback Player of the Year by jewishmajorleaguers.org.

A career .268 hitter, Kapler has hit 82 homers and driven in 386 runs.

From 1999-2001, he averaged 16 homers per season.

-- Dylan Hernandez

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