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Dodgers sign two ex-RailRiders to Minor League deals

RHP Sam Demel, infielder Josh Bell will also earn spring training invites
12/17/2013 3:47 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Sam Demel was perhaps the brightest spot in the RailRiders' bullpen in 2013.(Scranton Times-Tribune)
The Los Angeles Dodgers have added a pair of 2013 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to their organization, officially announcing on Tuesday that they signed RHP Sam Demel and infielder Josh Bell to Minor League deals with invitations to Major League camp.

Demel, 28, spent all of last season with the RailRiders after being claimed off waivers from Houston on March 27, and went 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA and three saves in 35 relief appearances. Demel has three seasons of Major League experience with Arizona, going 4-4 with a 4.95 ERA and two saves in 72 appearances from 2010-12, and he could compete for the final spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen this spring.

Bell, who was originally drafted in 2005 by the Dodgers, split 2013 between SWB and Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox organization; he signed with the Yankees on May 18 after being released by Chicago, and hit .205 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games with the RailRiders before being released in July.

He also has three seasons of Major League experience, hitting .195 in 100 games with the Orioles and Diamondbacks from 2010-12.

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