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

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.