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Dodgers close to signing infielder Adam Kennedy

November 29, 2011 |  3:31 pm


Ned Colletti’s love affair with veteran infielders endures, as the Dodgers are close to signing former Angels playoff star Adam Kennedy, a source said.

The Dodgers have already signed Mark Ellis as their second baseman, but Kennedy would give them a versatile utility infielder.

Kennedy, who turns 36 in January, hit only .234 last season for the Mariners, with weak .277 on-base and .355 slugging percentages.

But defensively, the left-handed hitter played first, second and third base for Seattle.

The former J.W. North-Riverside High School and Cal State Northridge star is best remembered as the second baseman of the Angels who hit three home runs in a playoff game against the Twins and helped lead the club to its only World Series title in 2002.

Last year Colletti signed veteran free-agent infielder Aaron Miles as a non-roster invitee, and the switch-hitter ended up batting .274 in 454 at-bats. The signing of Kennedy would seem to kill the possibility of the free-agent Miles returning.

Terms of Kennedy’s deal with the Dodgers were not immediately known.


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Photo: Adam Kennedy with the Angels in 2005. Credit: Los Angeles Times.