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Dodgers sign Gabe Kapler to minor-league deal

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

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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Oh Boy, our season's finally saved!!!
Nice job Ned. One more to go (Chavez) and Shirley victory's within our grasp.
... its just too bad baseball isn't within Ned's grasp, what with him being GM an all.

And the incredible signings just keep rolling in, huh?

Anyone else out there other than me not signed by the Dodgers?

More bargain basement junk to add to McCrap's pile of tripe.


Davis, Crash

Gabe Kapler?

Thames......ok, I can maybe see the rationale.......but this GUY!!! give me a break...Hey Ned, I played some High School ball a million years ago too sign me up!!!!!

Well just sign me while your at it.....

Kapler is a good minor league pick up. All upside and no downside. Good baseball guy and good in the clubhouse.

Kapler's organizational depth for Albuquerque. I have no problem with that.

Wow everyone just loves to rip Ned. First off I dont know if anyone is paying attention but our rotation is now one of the top 7 in all of baseball. We have a solid line up minus one position in left field, so what does Ned do? Sign a speed demon, a power bat, and we already had Gibbins which is in-between. So let me get this straight, people are upset because he signed people to compete instead of just assuming one guy could do the job? yea that seems pretty stupid to me... Before you rip anyone, you should actually take some time to logically look at the situation. Instead of just pretending to be a bad and know everything.

Will Gabe sport the Afro in Dodger Blue ???


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