LA Dodgers and Shawn Estes Agree To Terms

Miguel Salcido@miguelsalcidoContributor IJanuary 9, 2009

Pitcher Shawn Estes has agreed to terms of a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers which could be worth as much as $1.55 million.

Estes would get $550,000 if added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster, and would be able to earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses. The bonuses are based on starts, from five to 30. There has not been an announcement by the Dodgers as of yet.

He had a 2-3 record with a 4.74 ERA in nine games for the San Diego Padres last season. And he has a 101-93 record with a 4.71 ERA with San Francisco, the New York Mets, Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs, Colorado, Arizona and San Diego.

Signing with the Dodgers could round out his career since it would mean that he has played on every National League West team!

Estes has had some good years, he made his major league debut with the Giants in 1995, and he had his best season two years later, going 19-5 with a 3.18 ERA. He also won 15 games with the Giants in 2000 and again with the Rockies in 2004.

If he ends up making the rotation, or even the bullpen, then the Dodgers will have added a valuable lefty to their lineup.