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
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
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