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January 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have agreed to terms with veteran utility player Bill Hall, 33, on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The right-handed-hitting Hall, who can play third base, shortstop, second base and the outfield, will compete for a reserve spot with the Angels, who watched him work out Tuesday in Phoenix. But he is also open to playing at triple-A Salt Lake, which is short on right-handed bats, General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. Hall has played with six teams over the last four years and spent most of 2012 at triple-A Norfolk, where he hit .246 in 90 games, with 15 homers and 45 runs batted in. He appeared in only seven big league games for the Baltimore Orioles.
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December 19, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
SKIP SCHUMAKER , 33, utility player Final 2013 stats: .263 batting average, two home runs, 30 RBI, .332 on-base and slugging percentages, 31 runs and 0.00 ERA. Contract status: Last month signed a two-year, $4.5-million contract with the Reds, with a $2.5-million option for 2016. The good: When they traded for Schumaker last off-season, the Dodgers got exactly what they needed -  and are currently lacking - a solid utility player who could play second and all three outfield positions.
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June 13, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Randy Ready, a utility player with the Milwaukee Brewers, was traded Thursday to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named. Ready, 5-feet 11-inches, 180 pounds, was hitting .190 with four RBIs and one home run in 23 games for the Brewers. He is expected to join the Padres in time for today's game against the Dodgers. Ready divided the 1985 season between Vancouver in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and Milwaukee. He hit .326 at Vancouver with four home runs and 29 RBIs in 52 games.
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November 24, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
MICHAEL YOUNG , 37, infielder Final 2013 stats: .279 batting average, eight homers, 46 RBI, .335 on-base and .395 slugging percentages (.314, 0, 4, .321, .392 in 53 plate appearances as a Dodger). Contract status: A free agent. The good: Did hit .314 in his one month with the Dodgers. Made one error in 21 games as a Dodger, playing second, third and a little short, though with very limited range. As much advertised, was great in the clubhouse despite diminished role.
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May 14, 1996 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mike Aldrete quit daydreaming a long time ago. Cooperstown isn't keeping a spot open for him. Nike isn't going to put him in a commercial. He won't make $1 million this year. These days Aldrete embraces reality and perspective. Wishful thinking isn't worth his time or effort. Aldrete is 35, closer to the end of a career marked by frequent address changes than to its beginning. But he has a gig this season, a locker stall in the clubhouse and a seat in the dugout.
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September 28, 1990 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was early July, and Randy Ready was late for one of his life's highlights. Accompanied by the three children whom he serves as both father and mother, the utility player for the Philadelphia Phillies was hurrying to Veterans Stadium and the Phillies' annual father-son game. Andrew, 7, and twins Colin and Jared, 5, were dressed in tiny Phillies uniforms. They chattered excitedly about playing on a big field, with real equipment, alongside their hero.
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August 9, 1989 | STEVE KRESAL, Times Staff Writer
Dave Cochrane's first venture into the major leagues lasted about a month in 1986 with the Chicago White Sox. It was about as uneventful as it was short. He was a power-hitting third baseman in the White Sox minor league organization back then and earned a promotion to the big club at the end of the season. Once in the majors, he hit .191 with a home run and two RBIs in 62 at-bats. After that, the White Sox weren't in a hurry to give him another shot.
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August 1, 1995 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You've come to the Angel clubhouse at Anaheim Stadium to capture the spirit, the zaniness, the emotion of Rex Hudler, but quickly find it's impossible. You simply can't keep pace. Your pen is out of ink, notebook out of paper, tape recorder out of tape. You've asked exactly three questions. Later, you complain about a numb hand from taking all those notes. Somebody looks at you funny and you explain how you've just been talking with Hudler.
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September 18, 1992 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For three years, Larry Maxey has been told that he is special by San Diego State Coach Al Luginbill. But two games into his senior season, Maxey had hoped that his accomplishments wouldn't be limited to special teams. Maxey, SDSU's player for all positions, was chosen as special teams player of the game after SDSU's 45-38 victory over Brigham Young on Sept. 10. However, Maxey, who plays H-back and running back, has yet to catch a pass or carry the ball for the No. 23-ranked Aztecs (1-0-1).
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May 25, 1986 | TOM FRIEND, Times Staff Writer
Jerry Royster is in his option year. This means that, after the season, the Padres have the option of either telling him to get lost or telling him to stay here. Jerry wants to stay. "It sounds corny, but if you get the opportunity to play in San Diego, you gotta take it," Royster said. "I don't care what any free agent says. They come here to play because of the atmosphere in San Diego. That's the single biggest reason. Listen to guys talk on other teams.
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November 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The season of free agency is upon us, and with it the season of contractual absurdity. Baseball is awash in money - from national television contracts, local cable deals, and the most powerful website in sports, mlb.com. The industry generates $8 billion per year, and the cash flow is so generous that each team will get another $25 million in revenue next year, just from an increase in TV money. All that money has allowed even small-market teams to retain their stars. The Cincinnati Reds kept Joey Votto for $225 million.
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November 4, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Sometimes they briefly burst on the scene, burn out and are never heard from again. Elian Herrera momentarily opened eyes when he first arrived on the scene with the Dodgers in 2012, the career minor leaguer hitting a stunning .305 in his first 31 games. But the utility player faded badly after that, hitting .141 in his next 20 games and earning a trip back to the minors, where he spent all but a few games last season. Now if the 28-year-old infielder/outfielder is going to revive his career, it appears it will be with the Milwaukee Brewers.
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June 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Most utility players are versatile defenders who can play two, three and sometimes four infield positions, spot up in the outfield and give you a decent at-bat. They're not strapping middle-of-the-order sluggers who hit 30 to 35 homers a year. In Mark Trumbo, who has started 26 games at first base, 12 at designated hitter, 11 in right field and seven in left field this season, the Angels have a 6-foot-4, 235-pounder who is breaking the utility mold. "I don't know in history of many cleanup hitters who play first base, left field, right field and DH," third base coach Dino Ebel said.
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March 3, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Dodgers made their first personnel moves of spring training Sunday, reassigning utility player Nick Evans, infielders Dallas McPherson and Ozzie Martinez and left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz to minor league camp. Evans, a 27-year-old who was born not far from the Dodgers' spring complex, appeared in eight Cactus League games, collecting three hits in 12 at-bats and scoring twice. McPherson, a 32-year-old former Angel, had a single and double in 13 at-bats (.154)
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February 28, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - The money, all his parents had, was more than Alfredo Amezaga had ever seen. So when Alberto and Maria del Carmen Amezaga called their youngest child in their room and showed him the pile of pesos they had gathered on their bed - money to send him from Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, to the U.S. to learn English and make something of himself - he wasn't sure how to react. Eighteen years later, he shakes his head at the memory. "I can't imagine that," says Amezaga, a 35-year-old veteran trying to win a roster spot with the Dodgers.
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January 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have agreed to terms with veteran utility player Bill Hall, 33, on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The right-handed-hitting Hall, who can play third base, shortstop, second base and the outfield, will compete for a reserve spot with the Angels, who watched him work out Tuesday in Phoenix. But he is also open to playing at triple-A Salt Lake, which is short on right-handed bats, General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. Hall has played with six teams over the last four years and spent most of 2012 at triple-A Norfolk, where he hit .246 in 90 games, with 15 homers and 45 runs batted in. He appeared in only seven big league games for the Baltimore Orioles.
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August 3, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Sitting in Jerry Hairston Jr.'s locker in the depths of Dodger Stadium are several gloves, each with a different function. They've been battered during the veteran's 15-year career with nine major league clubs, but provide a certain reliability. Just like their owner. The gloves are black in color, their differences subtle, but each is chosen with a specific purpose for a player trying to master his craft. Make that several crafts. Hairston and his glove collection constitute an underappreciated breed in baseball: the utility player.
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July 26, 1989
Veteran utility player Lee Mazzilli, 34, was released by the New York Mets.
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August 3, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Sitting in Jerry Hairston Jr.'s locker in the depths of Dodger Stadium are several gloves, each with a different function. They've been battered during the veteran's 15-year career with nine major league clubs, but provide a certain reliability. Just like their owner. The gloves are black in color, their differences subtle, but each is chosen with a specific purpose for a player trying to master his craft. Make that several crafts. Hairston and his glove collection constitute an underappreciated breed in baseball: the utility player.
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August 3, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
The Dodgers'Jerry Hairston Jr. is among a group of major leaguers whose ability to play capably at multiple positions enhances their value to their teams. A look five other top utility players: Jeff Keppinger, Tampa Bay Rays Keppinger has played in 27 games at third base, 18 at second base, and also has played first base and designated hitter. He has been especially effective against left-handed pitchers, batting .426. During his career, he's played every defensive position except for center field and catcher.
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