Dodgers re-sign Jose Uribe

los angeles dodgers jose uribe mlb news

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. They also brought back third baseman Juan Uribe.

View 2014 World Series Futrures

Howell returns to Los Angeles for a two-year contract that includes a third-year vesting option. He held opponents to a .193 batting average last season and had a 2.03 ERA, both career bests.

Howell, who went 4-1 in 67 appearances in his first year with the team, was especially tough on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .164 batting average.

General manager Ned Colletti said Howell's demeanor and competitiveness were ''real positives'' in the clubhouse.

Coming off his best season with Los Angeles, Uribe received a two-year deal. He batted .278 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 132 games. He also had a big postseason homer that helped the Dodgers clinch their NL division series against Atlanta.

The 34-year-old Uribe played mainly at third base and had just five errors in 900 1-3 innings. His .983 fielding percentage was second among major leaguers at the position.

Perez signed a one-year deal two months after the five-time All-Star was released by Cleveland. Colletti said Perez expressed interest in joining the Dodgers and pitching in any role that is asked of him.

Perez's addition doesn't change the Dodgers' plans to have Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson serve as the primary closers. Colletti said he couldn't pass up the chance to add another reliever who has had success late in games.

Perez became a full-time closer in 2010, and has 132 career saves. The right-hander was 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA and 25 saves in 30 chances for the Indians. The 28-year-old's first major league save came against the Dodgers in 2008.

Perez's time in Cleveland was at times overshadowed by turmoil. He angered Indians fans last season for saying they didn't support the team like they should, and he rankled Cleveland's front office by criticizing trades and stating the Indians weren't spending enough to win.

Last June, Perez was arrested after drug agents followed a package containing marijuana to his Ohio home. He and his wife pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Wright signed a one-year deal to return to the Dodgers after pitching for them in 2012.

The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 66 games for Tampa Bay last season. In 2012, Wright made the Dodgers after he was a non-roster invitee to spring training and went 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 66 games.

Wright, who turns 39 on Wednesday, was mostly a starter for the first 10 seasons of his 18-year major league career. He's made 22 relief appearances of at least two innings during the last three seasons. He is 9-4 with a 2.50 ERA in 42 games at Dodger Stadium.

Bet 2014 World Series Futures

Want More From Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!


Recent MLB Discussions

dod 1st 5 thats it on Thu, Oct 2016 by Timmy1961
dod/cubs on Thu, Oct 2016 by Michael Cash
mlb early play on Wed, Oct 2016 by sharkey11

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Kershaw tries to keep visitors' run going The Cubs seized a 3-2 edge in the NLCS by winning Games 4 and 5 in Los Angeles. Will Clayton Kershaw be able to save the Dodgers’...
Thumbnail North Siders' bats rise as NCLS progresses Anthony Rizzo is still batting well below .200 in the playoffs. Yet the Chicago first baseman seems to be heating up at precisely...
Thumbnail Hosts ask Urias to give them 3-1 NLCS edge Tonight, Julio Urias will make history in Game 4 of the NLCS. The Dodgers simply hope that it’s for all the right reasons.
Thumbnail Francona needs relief corps to thrive again The Blue Jays suddenly have life in the NLCS. Now, though, can they truly put fear in the Indians and send the festivities back to northern...
Thumbnail Arrieta tries to lift visitors at Chavez Ravine After getting punched in the mouth in Game 1 of the NLCS, the Dodgers struck back on Sunday night. Can they keep running with the Cubs as the action...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Headlines

More inMLB News  

MLB Team Pages