Luis Gonzalez joins the Dodgers

Dec. 7, 2006 at 5:26 PM
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement with veteran outfielder Luis Gonzalez on a one-year deal worth $7 million for the 2007 season.

At the Winter Baseball Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., MLB.com reported that the addition of the 39-year-old Gonzalez is pending a physical examination.

The Los Angeles Times said that the Dodgers made a two-year offer to Gonzalez, but he opted to take a higher salary for one year.

Last season, he batted .271 for the Arizona Diamondbacks with 15 home runs, 73 RBI and a career-high 52 doubles.

In September, he was told by Arizona officials that his contract option was not going to be picked up for the 2007 season.

Over 16 seasons, Gonzalez is a career .284 hitter with 331 homers and 1,324 RBI. After the departure of J.D. Drew, who has moved on to Boston, Gonzalez likely will play left field, with Andre Ethier moving to right.

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