Dodgers Sign Tony Gwynn Jr. To 1-Year Deal

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to a one-year contract worth $675,000.

Gwynn played last season for the San Diego Padres, the former team of his Hall of Fame father Tony Gwynn. Gwynn Jr. became a free agent when San Diego failed to offer him a contract for 2011.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Saturday that he is one of baseball’s top defensive outfielders who can play all three outfield positions.

Gwynn Jr. has a .276 career batting average as a pinch hitter.

The 28-year-old stole a career-high 17 bases in 21 attempts in 117 games with the Padres last season.

He previously played for Milwaukee, which selected him in the second round of the 2003 draft and traded him to the Padres in 2009.

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