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:
- Luis Avilan
- Pedro Baez
- Mike Bolsinger
- Louis Coleman
- Carlos Frias
- Yimi Garcia
- Adam Liberatore
- Ian Thomas
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.