Dodgers bring back reliever Jamey Wright

Dodgers bring back reliever Jamey Wright
Jamey Wright will return to the Dodgers on a one-year contract after spending last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Los Angeles Times)

Hope Jamey Wright can adjust.

Wright, who has made a career out of making teams as a non-roster invitee, Monday signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers, The Times' Dylan Hernandez tweeted.


That's not the same as saying Wright will automatically be on the roster -– things are starting to get a bit crowded in the Dodgers bullpen -- but for the first time in nine seasons he will not go to camp as a non-roster invitee.

The right-hander spent a mostly successful 2012 season (5-3, 3.72 earned-run average in 66 games) with the Dodgers, but was not brought back. Last season, he went to Tampa Bay's camp as a non-roster invitee, made the club and appeared in a postseason for the first time in his 18-year career.

The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 66 games with the Rays.

The Dodgers bullpen, however, isn't full of openings. They already have two left-handers with Paco Rodriguez and J.P. Howell (still to be announced).

Right-handers make up the rest of the bullpen, with closer Brian Wilson, Chris Perez (another yet to be announced), Brandon League and Chris Withrow.

It would be worse than ironic if Wright finally signs a major league contract and doesn't end up on the roster.

But Wright, who turns 39 on Tuesday, can pitch long and short relief, and clearly the Dodgers signed him for a reason. And a bullpen is almost never fully healthy.

It shapes up as a deep and formidable group. Wilson, Perez and League have experience closing.