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Dodgers sign Brandon Hicks to minor league deal with non-roster invitation to spring training

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers added another infielder to big league camp in spring training, signing infielder Brandon Hicks to a minor league contract. Hicks will be a non-roster invitee at Dodgers camp at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

Hicks, 30, hit .220/.308/.326 with two home runs and seven doubles in 45 games for Triple-A Sacramento in the Giants' system in 2015, though he missed three months and 83 games with a hamstring strain.

In parts of four major league seasons (2010-2012, 2014) with the Braves, A's and Giants, Hicks hit .153/.258/.310 with 11 home runs and 11 doubles in 126 games and 340 plate appearances. One of those 11 home runs came against Clayton Kershaw in 2014 for San Francisco.

Hicks was also part of three consecutive Brandons in the Giants' lineup on April 5, 2014 against the Dodgers, when Jason Bateman was the guest public address announcer at Dodger Stadium. After first baseman Brandon Belt and second baseman Hicks batted, shortstop Brandon Crawford was introduced by Bateman with, "Now batting for the Giants, another Brandon."

The right-handed Hicks has made 60 of his 81 major league starts at second base. Though he began his pro career as a shortstop, Hicks' time at the position has been limited to two minor league starts in the last two years. In the minors in 2014-2015 combined, Hicks started 56 games at second base and 21 starts at third base.

Hicks will wear number 15 in Dodgers camp.

Pitchers and catchers report to Dodgers camp on Feb. 19, with position players reporting on Feb. 25. The club's first full-squad workout is set for Thursday, Feb. 26.

With the addition of Hicks, the Dodgers have 21 non-roster invitees in camp, including 11 position players.