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Mientkiewicz, Dodgers agree to deal

Veteran first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz has reached a preliminary agreement on a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team announced late Thursday.

The deal includes an invitation to major league camp.

Mientkiewicz, 34, is a .271 hitter in 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Yankees, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit .277 with a .374 on-base percentage in 125 games with the Pirates last season.

His .996 career fielding percentage in 955 games is tops among active first basemen.

The Dodgers envision Mientkiewicz as a possible backup to first baseman James Loney and a left-handed bat off the bench. Mientkiewicz also appeared in 33 games at third base and 10 in right field for Pittsburgh in 2008.

Jerry Crasnick covers baseball for ESPN.com.