Dodgers, Mientkiewicz agree to minor league deal
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.
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