Padres sign third baseman Bell to Minor League deal

Former Dodgers prospect also played with Orioles, D-backs

Padres sign third baseman Bell to Minor League deal

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' ties with the Dodgers keep rolling on, as the team signed former Los Angeles third base prospect Josh Bell to a Minor League contract.

Bell's deal with the Padres does not include an invitation to Major League camp and he'll report to the team's Spring Training complex on March 2.

Earlier this offseason, the Padres hired Logan White as senior adviser and pro scouting director. White spent 13 years with the Dodgers, including stints as director of amateur scouting, assistant GM of scouting, assistant GM of international scouting and, for the past two years, vice president of amateur scouting.

The Padres and Dodgers, of course, teamed for a big trade in December when San Diego landed Matt Kemp as part of a five-player trade.

Former Padres general manager Josh Byrnes is now in his first year as the senior vice president of baseball operations for the Dodgers. Former Padres scouting director Billy Gasparino is now the Dodgers' director of amateur scouting.

White no doubt had a hand in signing Bell, a fourth-round pick in 2005. Bell, 28, has hit .195 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 100 Major League games with the Orioles (2010-11) and D-backs (2012). He spent last season playing in Korea, hitting .267 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs with the LG Twins.

Bell becomes the fourth former Dodger, all with ties with White, to have signed a Minor League deal with the Padres.

The Padres had previously signed catcher Griff Erickson, left-handed pitcher Scott Elbert and outfielder Trayvon Robinson to Minor League deals. Erickson and Elbert received invitations to big league camp, which opens Thursday in Peoria.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.