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Monday, December 23, 2013

Dodgers nearing one-year deal with Chris Perez

By on 12/23/2013 01:54:00 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are said to be closing in on a one-year contract with reliever Chris Perez, according to the L.A. Times' Dylan Hernandez.

The 28-year-old Perez had a rough 2013, ultimately being released by the Cleveland Indians in October after posting a 4.33 ERA and picking up 25 saves. During the year, Perez lost his closer job, came under fire for some controversial comments given to the media and was arrested on charges of having marijuana shipped to his house in his dog's name.

Despite that, it made sense to figure Perez would pick up a contract in the offseason, as he's still relatively young and could end up being a solid reliever if he's able to stay focused and free of off-the-field issues. He's picked up 123 saves for Cleveland over the past for years, making two All-Star teams in the process.

The Dodgers, of course, have one of the deepest bullpens in the National League, anchored by closer Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson (who was re-signed to a $10M deal), Paco Rodriguez, and the recently-re-signed J.P. Howell, not to mention Brandon League.

As the deal is not yet official, it's unclear what role Perez will serve out of Don Mattingly's bullpen, though it's probably safe to assume he'll appear in the seventh or eighth innings, given his history.

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