Dodgers Sign Mark Loretta and the LA Times is reporting that the Dodgers have signed Mark Loretta, and the deal will be official pending a physical.

As many of you know, Loretta is a personal favorite of mine, and I’ve championed him as the Mets’ second base solution in each of the past three years. Oh well.

Loretta returns home, as he grew up in Pasadena as a Dodger fan. It’s a nice fit for both sides, as Loretta can either split time with Blake Dewitt at second base (if LA finds a third baseman) or can start at the keystone in the event Dewitt plays third.

In addition, this signing all but removes the possibility of the Mets dumping Luis Castillo on the Dodgers — if there ever was chance of that happening.

Good sign for the Dodgers, as they get a hard-nosed, veteran winner with a solid RH big-league bat, versatility, and a positive influence in the clubhouse.

Hmm …. sounds exactly like the kind of player the Mets have been looking for …

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