Dodgers sign two ex-RailRiders to Minor League dealsRHP Sam Demel, infielder Josh Bell will also earn spring training invites
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.