Athletics Sign Dallas McPherson

The Oakland Athletics have signed Dallas McPherson to a minor league contract, according to Jerry Crasnick of

McPherson, selected by the Angels in the second round of the 2001 draft, was once considered an elite prospect, but injuries and strikeout woes have slowed him in recent years. After slugging .586 in his minor league career, he has hit .245/.298/.458 in 399 major-league plate appearances, homering 18 times and striking out 126.

Crasnick indicates that the 29-year-old is expected to compete for the A's third base job in the spring.

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