Dodgers invite Jamey Wright to spring training

Because you can never have too much pitching … the Dodgers on Tuesday signed old friend Jamey Wright to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

Wright, 41, didn’t pitch last season and was inspired to attempt a “comeback” after working out with Clayton Kershaw this offseason. He was cut in Rangers’ camp and took 2015 off.

He was last with the Dodgers in 2014 and posted a 4.35 ERA, a better 3.47 FIP, 17.5 K% and 8.8 BB%. He was also with the Dodgers in 2012 and had a 3.72 ERA, 3.39 FIP, 17.7 K% and 9.8 BB%. His two seasons with the Dodgers have been solid as a long reliever, but after taking a year off and with the plethora of young arms vying for a bullpen spot, Wright has to be viewed as an extreme long shot.

Wright is an 8-time NRI “champion,” meaning he has made a major league club out of spring training eight times, including 2012 with LA.

Here are the pitchers Wright would likely have to leap frog to make the opening day roster:

Of those guys, Liberatore might be the one guy Wright could pass, seeing as he has been somewhat of a lefty specialist in the past.

It’s a no-risk proposition for the Dodgers or Wright. If he’s willing, I could see him in Oklahoma City and getting the call to the majors at some point. We’ll see.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.