Takumi Numata finally signs with the Dodgers, Josh Bell returns much different

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The Dodgers have finally inked Takumi Numata to a deal, so speculation about the reason for him being at Dodger Stadium recently was correct. It’ll be a minor-league deal for a $100k signing bonus and a $20k annual salary.

Takumi Numata (19) has finalized a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He reportedly agreed to a deal worth less than two million yen with a signing bonus of ten million (all estimates).

With regards to his amateur baseball status in Japan: “As an Industrial League club team, we met maybe two to three times a week. In my mind, it was like sandlot baseball. I did not think it was cover by the draft rules… And I never had any desire to return to that.”

A controversial signing for the reasoning I outlined before, but the 19-year-old has promise, as he’s been clocked in the 92-93 mph range.

He’ll be in instructional league for now, but it’ll be interesting to see where he gets assigned. I’m guessing Rookie-league with the Raptors, but he could be sent to the Arizona League for a stint.

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I normally don’t cover non-roster invitees because most of them don’t and won’t matter, but I do try to cover the interesting ones. Josh Bell counts as an interesting one, mainly because he’s a former top prospect for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers on Monday announced the signing of infielder Josh Bell to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp in spring training. Bell was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, and was dealt to the Orioles in the July 2009 trade for left-handed reliever George Sherrill.

While Steve Johnson might yet have a future with the Orioles, Bell flamed out in Baltimore, posting a .485 OPS in 2010-11. He then joined the D-Backs where he posted a .501 OPS in 2012. It didn’t get much better last year, as he put up a .680 OPS between the AAA teams of the Yankees and White Sox.

A long, long shot to make the roster, but he can play third and the Dodgers bench is sort of a mess right now, so why not?

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