The Los Angeles Dodgers have been busy this off-season adding to their already solid bullpen as they signed reliever Chris Perez last night and brought back a former reliever for their long-man spot this afternoon.
38-year-old reliever Jamey Wright was with the Dodgers during the 2012 season before spending last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. During that season, Wright appeared in 66 games, going 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 67.2 inning pitched. According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, it looks like the 2014 bullpen is done after this signing:
Source: The #Dodgers have signed Jamey Wright to a one-year deal.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 23, 2013
Wright signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers in 2012, so getting a big league contract is a nice step forward for him. The Dodger bullpen has seen significant activity with Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell re-signing and the signing of Perez late last night.
The odd man out in all of this will be Jose Dominguez, who showed incredible velocity during the middle of the season, but a quad injury in September ended his season.
Along with Wilson, Howell and Perez, the Dodgers also have Chris Withrow, Brandon League and closer Kenley Jansen. Not to mention, they’ll have a surplus of starters once Chad Billingsley is back from Tommy John surgery in mid-to-late May or early June.
Wright posted his highest WAR since 2011 with the Seattle Mariners and his highest ERA+ of his career of 124. While he isn’t the flashiest player, the signing gives the Dodgers even more bullpen depth, which could set-up a future trade or help during the 2014 season.
ICYMI: The Dodgers and Chris Perez agreed to a one-year deal late last night