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Dodgers close to signing Casey Blake?

December 8, 2008 |  4:26 pm

Casey Blake throws out Chase Utley

Third baseman Casey Blake has received an offer for a three-year contract from the Dodgers that would pay him close to $6 million per season, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Asked whether the Dodgers expected to be told by Blake’s agent today whether the 35-year-old first-time free agent will accept their offer, a club official replied, “Could be.”

Blake turned down a two-year offer from the Minnesota Twins last week that was believed to be guaranteed for around $14 million and included an option for a third year. Blake rejected the deal because it wasn’t guaranteed for three years, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Agent Jim McDowell recently named the Dodgers and Twins as the teams most aggressive in the pursuit of Blake, a first-time free agent. The Cleveland Indians, Blake's former team, have also shown interest.

“I think if we could get Casey locked up, it’d be a huge piece for us,” Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said.

If the Dodgers re-sign Blake, they would keep Blake DeWitt at second base instead of moving him back to his natural position at third.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: The Dodgers' Casey Blake tags out the Phillies' Chase Utley during the ninth inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Oct. 13 at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images