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ESPN.com: The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement with infielder Mark Loretta, pending a physical, according to multiple media outlets.
Loretta hit .280 in 261 at-bats for the Houston Astros last season with four homers and 38 RBIs. He appeared at four infield positions and hit .330 against left-handers.
A 13-year veteran and two-time All-Star, Loretta will be paid about $1.4 million in 2009, according to MLB.com.
Loretta was not offered arbitration by the Astros, so the Dodgers won't have to surrender any draft picks to sign him.