Dodgers officially sign relievers Perez, Wright

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The Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced the signing of right-handed relievers Chris Perez and Jamey Wright to one-year contracts Tuesday.

The signings follow last week's agreement with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell.

Perez joins Brian Wilson and Brandon League as a third former All-Star closer serving as a bridge to young Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers also have right-hander Chris Withrow returning, as well as left-handers Paco Rodriguez and Howell.

"Chris expressed an interest in coming here and pitching in any role (manager) Don (Mattingly) asks of him," said general manager Ned Colletti. "We see him adding depth and experience to our bullpen, and while Kenley and Brian will close games, we play so many tight games that we couldn't pass up the chance to add another reliever who has experienced success in the seventh, eighth and ninth inning. It's a great opportunity for both Chris and the Dodgers."

Wright returns to the long-man role he filled for the Dodgers in 2012 after spending a year with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Wright, 40, went 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 66 appearances for the Dodgers in 2012. With Tampa Bay, he was 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 66 appearances.

"We're very familiar with Jamey from his time with us in 2012 and he's capable of pitching in a variety of different roles," Colletti said. "He brings versatility, a veteran presence and added leadership to the staff. We look forward to having him back in 2014."

Perez, 28, went 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA and 25 saves this year for the Cleveland Indians. In the past four seasons as the Indians' closer, Perez collected 123 saves.

The Indians released him after the season following a second half in which he had a 5.60 ERA. He and his wife were arrested for marijuana possession in June and put on probation in September after pleading no contest.
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