Jamey Wright Signs With Rangers
Spring Training begins this week! Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Spring Training camp THIS Thursday for the Dodgers, and unsigned players are still being picked up by teams across both leagues. I had been wondering if veteran pitcher Jamey Wright was readying to retire or if he wasn’t going to hang up those cleats this offseason. It looks like two-time Dodger Jamey Wright has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers with an invite to big league camp in spring training.
If Jamey makes the major league team out of Spring Training with the Rangers, his salary will be $1 million for 2015. He will be vying to make the team in order to play in his 20th season in the majors.
The 40-year old right-hander from Oklahoma City has pitched for a plethora of teams over his long career including two different stints with the Dodgers over the past three seasons. Last year with the Dodgers, Jamey finished the year with a record of 5-4 with a ERA of 4.35 over 70 1/3 innings pitched in 61 games. He recorded one save for the Dodgers in 2014, which was only his second career save ever. He saved one game for the Mariners back in 2011.
Call to the Pen
Jamey Wright has pitched for the Rockies, Brewers, Cardinals, Royals, Giants, Rangers, Indians, Mariners Rays and Dodgers. If Wright makes the major league team this Spring with Texas, it will be his second stint with the Rangers (he pitched for Texas from 2007-2008).
Wright’s story pulled at my heart strings when he told of his dream to pitch in the postseason (a feat which he finally accomplished in 2013 with the Rays). I was actually sort of happy to see Jamey Wright return to the Dodgers in 2014, and I felt that he pitched admirably when needed in the mop-up role, as a long-reliever or even in higher leverage situations which Don Mattingly used him in when other bullpen pieces fell apart.
Of course I knew that Wright, along with most of the 2014 Dodger bullpen, was going to be gone after the reliably unreliable season they combined to have in 2014 (except for Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell and in a way Brandon League). Wright had some shaky outings in 2014, but didn’t they all?
Many Dodger free agents have moved on to new teams this offseason including Wright.
Wright has a career record of 97-130 with a 4.81 ERA in 719 games over his 19 seasons with 10 different clubs. Here’s to Jamey picking up his 100th win with Texas this season!