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Wright signs with Dodgers



Veteran reliever Jamey Wright thoroughly enjoyed his one year with the Rays in 2013, making the playoffs for the first time in his 18-year big-league career.


Wright said at the end of the season he was interested in coming back, if it worked out.

But Wright will end up returning to one of his other former teams, the Dodgers, which announced Tuesday on his 39th birthday that they've signed him to a one-year contract.

"We're very familiar with Jamey from his time with us in 2012 and he's capable of pitching in a variety of different roles," said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti "He brings versatility, a veteran presence and added leadership to the staff. We look forward to having him back in 2014."

Wright went 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 66 games for the Rays last season, pitching his best towards the end of the season and providing a veteran presence in the clubhouse. Few will forget how Wright dressed up like KISS' Gene Simmons in the waning moments of an 18-inning win over the Orioles in September.

Getting some stability was likely key for Wright, who entered each of the last eight seasons on a minor league contract, having to battle for a job in spring training, like he did last year with Tampa Bay.

It's unclear how much the Rays pursued Wright this offseason, though it was likely they had some interest in bringing him back to the bullpen.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 5:46pm]


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