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
The Dodgers bullpen, however, isn't full of openings. They already have two left-handers with Paco Rodriguez and
Right-handers make up the rest of the bullpen, with closer
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.