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Former Dodgers with non-roster invitations to big league spring training camps

By my count there are at least 27 old friends as non-roster invitees around baseball this spring.

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Edwin Jackson has pitched for 12 major league teams, including the Nationals for two stints (2012 and 2017).
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LOS ANGELES — With spring training mostly in full swing, here is a look at old friends in new places. Here are former Dodgers with non-roster invitations to big league camps in both Arizona and Florida.

Cactus League

Angels: Jose Miguel Fernandez was released by the Dodgers in November after hitting .306/.367/.496 between the Dodgers’ Oklahoma teams in 2017. He turns 30 in April.

A’s: Jarret Martin had a 2.04 ERA in 39⅔ innings for Double-A Richmond in the Giants’ system in 2017.

Oakland also invited Grant Holmes to camp. The former Dodgers first-round pick, traded in the Rich Hill-Josh Reddick deal at the 2016 trade deadline, had a 4.49 ERA and 150 strikeouts in 148⅓ innings for Double-A Midland last year.

Brewers: none

Cubs: Mike Freeman, Ali Solis

Freeman had five plate appearances for the Dodgers in 2017. Solis was a non-roster invitee in Dodgers camp in 2015 and spent most of the year in Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Diamondbacks: none

Giants: Kyle Jensen, Madison Younginer

Jensen was on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster for a month in the offseason in late 2014 then spent the 2015 season in the minors before moving on. Younginer was an NRI in camp last year and pitched 62⅓ innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Indians: Lisalverto Bonilla, Stephen Fife, Jack Murphy

Fife made 16 starts for the Dodgers between 2012-14, while Murphy (2016-17) and Bonilla (2016) were NRIs with the club in recent years. Cleveland also has in camp infielder Drew Maggi, who split the last two seasons between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

UPDATE: Bonilla is no longer in Cleveland’s camp, and signed on with the Seibu Lions in the KBO.

Mariners: none. No, Hisashi Iwakuma does not count.

Padres: A.J. Ellis joins his third team since leaving the Dodgers. “This place here is going to be a winning franchise and to be a part of the development — a part of that on the ground floor that’s starting to build — that was really exciting to me,” he told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Rangers: Darwin Barney, Shawn Tolleson

Tolleson was with the Rays organization in 2017 and had Tommy John surgery in May. Barney played in 24 games for the Dodgers in 2014-15 before getting traded to Toronto, where he played parts of the last three seasons.

Reds: Dylan Floro, Darnell Sweeney

Floro was on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster for two weeks last season and pitched eight games for Oklahoma City. Sweeney was drafted by the Dodgers in 2012 then traded in 2015 for Chase Utley, only to return in December 2016 in the Howie Kendrick trade. Sweeney was dealt to Cincinnati in a minor league trade last May.

Also in Reds camp is Brandon Dixon, who technically doesn’t count as an old friend because he was never on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster nor was he in big league camp with LA, but the former Dodgers minor leaguer (drafted in the third round in 2013) was traded to Cincinnati in the Todd Frazier three-way deal in December 2015.

Rockies: none

Royals: none, though they do have infielder Erick Mejia, who was traded by the Dodgers in December in the three-team deal that brought reliever Scott Alexander to Los Angeles.

White Sox: Xavier Cedeño spent five days with the Dodgers in April 2015, including two days on the 40-man roster.

Grapefruit League

Astros: Tim Federowicz played in parts of four seasons with the Dodgers and saw time in the majors the last two years with the Cubs (2016) and Giants (2017).

Blue Jays: none

Braves: none

Cardinals: Preston Guilmet never pitched for the Dodgers but was on their 40-man roster for three weeks in July 2015.

St. Louis also has Jordan Schafer in camp, now fully committed to pitching. The former outfielder isn’t technically an old friend but did pitch 49⅓ innings across three Dodgers minor league levels in 2016 in his first year converting to the mound, then missed the 2017 season after elbow surgery.

Marlins: Javy Guerra, Scott Van Slyke, Jumbo Diaz

Guerra and Van Slyke reunite with former manager Don Mattingly, for whom Guerra pitched 21 innings in Miami in 2017. Diaz signed with the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic in 2001 and was with the organization through 2007.

Mets: none

Nationals: Edwin Jackson made his major league debut on his 20th birthday, a whopping 15 seasons ago. Now the veteran right-hander has 288 starts under his belt, including 13 with Washington last season in his second stint with the team.

Orioles: none

Phillies: none

Pirates: Ryan Lavarnway was a Dodger for six days during the winter meetings in 2014. Pittsburgh also has in camp outfielder Todd Cunningham, who is not an old friend but did hit .339/.417/.468 in 20 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2017.

Rays: Vidal Nuño was only briefly a Dodger during the 2016-17 offseason, traded last year to the Orioles. He appeared in just 12 major league games with Baltimore and posted a 10.43 ERA in 14⅔ innings.

Red Sox: Ivan De Jesus Jr. turns 31 in May. He last played in the majors in 2016 with the Reds. Last year he played all four infield positions with Triple-A Colorado Springs in the Brewers system and hit .345/.407/.488, narrowly missing the PCL batting title won by fellow old friend Nick Buss (.348).

Tigers: none

Twins: Wynston Sawyer, Bobby Wilson, Nick Buss, Chris Heisey

Speaking of Buss, Chili landed in Minnesota. Wilson and Sawyer were NRIs in Dodgers camp last season. Grand Slam Heisey played in 121 games with the Nationals in 2016-17 after leaving the Dodgers.

Yankees: none, though they do have in camp pitcher David Hale, who had a 4.08 ERA in 15 games, including 14 starts between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Dodgers’ system in 2017.