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Josh Bell to join LG Twins in Korea

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The switch-hitting third baseman was going to be a non-roster invitee in Dodgers spring training camp, but has apparently found a better deal overseas.

Greg Fiume

LOS ANGELES -- Infielder Josh Bell, who rejoined the Dodgers in December on a minor-league contract, likely won't be with the team after all. Bell is nearing a deal with the LG Twins in the Korean Baseball Organization.

General manager Ned Colletti, at the Dodgers winter development camp at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, said he didn't expect Bell to be with the Dodgers once spring training opens in February at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

A report from Dan Kurtz of MyKBO on Saturday had Bell joining the LG Twins. The deal in Korea hasn't yet been officially finalized but that seems like a formality at this point.

"That's still in process, it could happen any day," Colletti said.

Bell hit .226/.324/.356 with five home runs in 56 games in Triple-A in 2013, split between Charlotte (White Sox system) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees). The third baseman last played in the big leagues in 2012, hitting .173 (9-for-52) with one home run in 21 games with the Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers drafted the switch-hitting Bell out of high school in the fourth round in 2005. He was traded to Baltimore in 2009 along with pitcher Steven Johnson for reliever George Sherrill.