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Juan Pierre reports early to camp

Pierre_300PHOENIX -- Juan Pierre walked into the Dodgers' clubhouse this morning, three days before position players are due to report to camp.

Pierre, who is entering the third year of his five-year, $44-million contract, made it clear that he doesn't want a repeat of his experience last year, when he was pushed out of the lineup and was limited to 375 at-bats. He could be the odd man out in the outfield again if the Dodgers re-sign Manny Ramirez, which appears to be an increasingly likely scenario. Pierre said he would be open to a trade.

Pierre said he felt so rested at the end of last season that he took only two days off before starting his off-season training program.

Also reporting early to camp today was third baseman Casey Blake, who re-signed with the Dodgers this winter.

Check latimes.com/sports for more on Pierre and other Dodgers news.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre scores against Philadelphia in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series last season. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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