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Dodgers take minor-league flier on John Grabow

December 19, 2011 |  1:01 pm

As the winter turns chilly and the Dodgers nestle in with an already remarkably set roster for the final two months before the season starts, I'm afraid this qualifies as news.

On Monday, they signed veteran left-handed reliever John Grabow to a minor-league contract with an invite to their major-league camp.

And the excitement just keeps on coming.

Grabow, 33, is from San Gabriel High School and spent his past 2½ seasons in the Cubs' bullpen, where he was less than impressive. He is, of course, left-handed, and left-handed relievers almost need stakes to the heart to end their careers.

Last season, the light-throwing Grabow appeared in 58 games for the Cubs, going 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA and a fat 1.52 WHIP, which was actually remarkable improvement over his 2010 WHIP of 1.87.

Did I mention he was left-handed? And the Dodgers currently have only one real lefty in their bullpen, Scott Elbert --  unless they bring back Hong-Chih Kuo -– so it's not like it's some horrible move. Just, hopefully, a very minor one.

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