Dodgers, Mientkiewicz agree to minor league deal

Updated: February 26, 2009, 8:15 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Doug Mientkiewicz and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a minor league contract Thursday.

The 34-year-old Mientkiewicz, who has played for six major league teams during his 11-year career, won a Gold Glove as Minnesota's first baseman in 2001. His .996 career fielding percentage in 955 games is tops among active first basemen.

The left-handed hitting Mientkiewicz batted .277 with two homers and 30 RBIs in 125 games as a utility man with Pittsburgh last season, including a .326 mark (14-for-43) as a pinch-hitter. His overall career average is .271.

Mientkiewicz has played in the postseason four times. One highlight was when he took Keith Foulke's toss to first base to make the game-ending putout against St. Louis in 2004 that gave the Boston Red Sox their first World Series title in 86 years. He had come to Boston in a four-team deal before the July 31 trade deadline.

He also has played for the New York Mets (2005), Kansas City (2006) and New York Yankees (2007), when current Dodgers manager Joe Torre was in New York.

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