Los Angeles Dodgers Winter Development Program
By Jon Weisman

Adding to the organizational depth at catcher heading into February, the Dodgers have signed free agent backstops Miguel Olivo and Griff Erickson to minor league contracts with invites to big league camp at Spring Training this year.

Erickson, who has spent his entire pro career in the Dodger organization, became a free agent by virtue of spending seven years in the the minors. He had a .324 on-base percentage and .414 slugging with Double-A Chattanooga in 2013 (including the interesting combo of 36 hits and 31 walks). In his best year, Erickson, who turns 26 in March, had an .866 OPS in 2011, split between Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Chattanooga.

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Olivo, 35, spent 2013 with his sixth major-league team, Miami, posting a .250 OBP and .392 slugging in 80 plate appearances, slightly below his career numbers of .275 and .417 in nearly 4,000 plate appearances.

The Dodgers also invited minor-league pitchers Zach Lee, Chris Reed, Ross Stripling, Red Patterson and Carlos Frias to spring camp, as well as outfielder Joc Pederson, infielder Miguel Rojas and catcher Chris O’Brien. They join those previously announced: catcher J.C. Boscan, infielders Brendan Harris and Clint Robinson and pitchers Sam Demel and Daniel Moskos.