Dodgers work on bullpen with 3 signings

The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday,

announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey

Wright.

Howell returns to Los Angeles for a two-year contract that

includes a third-year vesting option. He held opponents to a .193

batting average last season and had a 2.03 ERA, both career

bests.

Howell, who went 4-1 in 67 appearances in his first year with

the team, was especially tough on left-handed hitters, holding them

to a .164 batting average.

General manager Ned Colletti said Howell’s demeanor and

competitiveness were ”real positives” in the clubhouse.

Chris Perez signed a one-year deal two months after the

five-time All-Star was released by Cleveland. Colletti said Perez

expressed interest in joining the Dodgers and pitching in any role

that is asked of him.

Perez’s addition doesn’t change the Dodgers’ plans to have

Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson serve as the primary closers.

Colletti said he couldn’t pass up the chance to add another

reliever who has had success late in games.

Perez became a full-time closer in 2010, and he has 132 career

saves. The right-hander was 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA and 25 saves in 30

chances for the Indians. The 28-year-old’s first major league save

came against the Dodgers in 2008.

Perez’s time in Cleveland was at times overshadowed by turmoil.

He angered Indians fans last season for saying they didn’t support

the team like they should, and he rankled Cleveland’s front office

by criticizing trades and stating the Indians weren’t spending

enough to win.

Last June, Perez was arrested after drug agents followed a

package containing marijuana to his Ohio home. He and his wife

pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Jamey Wright signed a one-year deal to return to the Dodgers

after pitching for them in 2012.

The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 66 games for Tampa

Bay last season. In 2012, Wright made the Dodgers after he was a

non-roster invitee to spring training and went 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA

in 66 games.

Wright, who turns 39 on Wednesday, was mostly a starter for the

first 10 seasons of his 18-year major league career. He’s made 22

relief appearances of at least two innings during the last three

seasons. He is 9-4 with a 2.50 ERA in 42 games at Dodger

Stadium.