I wrote about Wright when the Dodgers reportedly had interest in him at the Winter Meetings.
"Something to note is the reduced ground ball percentage. The nearly 11 percent decline didn't result in an outrageous rise in his home run per fly ball rate, which was likely because he struck out more than a batter per nine innings more in 2013 than he did in 2012.
He'll be 39 later this month, so there's no guarantee the success will continue. But on a 1-year deal, Wright would be well worth a look.
Wright has made a Major League rosters in each of the last eight seasons as a non-roster invitee. This year, it seems he won't have to be an NRI, as NRIs don't usually get inked in December -- especially those who have been really solid the last couple of years."He probably didn't agree to a minor-league deal, so this creates quite the full bullpen in Los Angeles.
That's 16 players for -- at most -- seven spots. Because guys like Dominguez and Withrow have options, they're likely the odd men out. Rosin was a Rule 5 draftee. If he's to remain with the Dodgers, he'll have to be on the 25-man roster (or the disabled list). I only put League here because he was atrocious in 2013 and I could see the Dodgers eating that money (though, it isn't likely).
Billingsley and Elbert will be placed on the 60-day disabled list. Billingsley is expected to pitch later this season, so he'll almost assuredly be back.
The Wright signing could signal a couple things:
- Perez (or Howell, I suppose) failed his (their) physical(s)
- There's a trade brewing
We'll see what happens. Wright is a solid reliever, but the bullpen is now overflowing with available arms. Something has to give here.
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