LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have signed outfielder Jay Gibbons to a one-year contract. The announcement was made by Dodger General
Manager Ned Colletti.
The 33-year-old returns to Los Angeles, where he batted .280 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games following his August 8 promotion from Triple-A Albuquerque. Gibbons batted .360 (9-for-25) in his first month with the club and ranked among the team leaders in home runs (T-3rd), RBI (5th) and slugging percentage (.507, 2nd) during his time with the Dodgers. He appeared in 19 games in the field, including 13 starts in left field and two starts at first base.
Gibbons originally signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on December 22, 2009 and was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque to begin the 2010 season. In 95 games with the Isotopes, he earned Pacific Coast League All-Star Team honors and ranked among the league leaders in batting average (.347, 3rd), RBI (83, 5th), slugging percentage (.594, 5th) and home runs (19, T-9th) at the time of his promotion.
The eight-year Major League veteran began his career as a 14th-round selection of the Blue Jays in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut on April 6, 2001 with the Orioles after the club selected him in the Rule 5 Draft. Gibbons batted .260 with 121 home runs and 405 RBI in 779 games during his seven seasons in Baltimore and was named Most Valuable Oriole in 2003, when he led the club with 80 runs, 173 hits and 39 doubles and 100 RBI in 160 games.
Gibbons played college baseball at California State University, Los Angeles from 1996-98 after graduating from Mayfair High School in Lakewood. He resides in Westlake Village with his wife Laura and their three children; Gavin, Grayer and Giada.