During the off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers made it a point to build on their strong 2013 bullpen. Brian Wilson was re-signed and Chris Perez was added in a move that left the Dodgers with four relievers who have closing experience.

The plan heading into the season was to leave Kenley Jansen in his role as closer with Wilson serving as the setup man and Perez spelling either reliever on occasion.

As Jansen and Wilson struggled, Perez excelled and didn’t allow a run in his first nine appearances. Perez then suffered from the same bouts of inconsistency that plagued Jansen and Wilson. He’s yet to completely solve his woes, but has shown some signs of improvement.

Perez is in his seventh season in the Majors, two of which were All-Star seasons when he was the closer for the Cleveland Indians. The right-hander saved a combined 75 games over his two All-Star years (2011 and 2012).

Dodgers Nation Would Like To Wish Perez A Happy 29th Birthday!
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