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Dodgers sign Elian Herrera to minor league contract with non-roster spring invite

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are bringing back an old friend to a familiar spot at Camelback Ranch, with utility man Elian Herrera signing a minor league contract with the Dodgers with a non-roster invitation to big league camp in spring training.

Herrera, who turns 31 in January, hit .242/.290/.395 in 83 games with the Brewers in 2015, his second year in Milwaukee. His starts last season were limited to second base and third base, but in his four major league seasons Herrera has started 47 games at third base, 41 games at second base, 14 games in left field, 13 games in center field, 10 games in right field and 10 games at shortstop.

The Brewers non-tendered Herrera on Dec. 2.

It was Herrera who made the initial announcement of his return on Twitter.

The Dodgers originally signed the switch-hitting Herrera as an amateur out of the Dominican Republic in 2003. Then, in his 10th minor league season he finally got the call to the big leagues in 2012, hitting .251/.340/.332 in 67 games while starting five different positions.

In parts of four major league seasons, Herrera has hit .253/.306/.360 with 35 doubles, eight home runs, 44 walks and 11 steals in 639 plate appearances.

Position players report to Dodgers camp at Camelback Ranch on Feb. 24, 2016, with the club's first full-squad workout on Feb. 25. The Dodgers open Cactus League play against the White Sox on March 3.