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Dodgers Sign Josh Towers To Minor League Deal

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Josh Towers' best season was 2005, when he went 13-12 with a 3.71 ERA in Toronto (<em>image via <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/97/Josh_Towers.jpg/380px-Josh_Towers.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a></em>
Josh Towers' best season was 2005, when he went 13-12 with a 3.71 ERA in Toronto (image via Wikimedia Commons

After the Yankees acquired someone, in Jamie Hoffmann, the Dodgers did not want on their 40-man roster, the Dodgers returned the favor, in a way.

The Dodgers have signed pitcher Josh Towers to a minor league deal, according to the Associated Press.  Towers, who turns 33 in February, put up a 2.74 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) with the Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2009.  He started 2009 in the Nationals' system, but was released after just one appearance with Triple A Syracuse.  The Yankees called up Towers twice during the season, but he appeared in just two September games in mop-up duty.  He is a low walk, low strikeout pitcher, averaging 1.5 walks and 4.8 strikeouts per nine innings in his major league career.

Towers has a split contract that will pay him $700,000 in the major leagues, and $100,000 while in the minor leagues.