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Dodgers re-sign J.P. Howell, add veteran Jamey Wright to bullpen

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The Dodgers continued their Christmas shopping today with the signing of a pair of relievers, J.P. Howell and Jamey Wright. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

Howell signed a two-year contract with a vesting third year after posting a 4-1 record and career-best 2.03 earned run average last year with Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old left-hander held opponents to a .193 average, allowing just two home runs in 62 innings. He was especially tough on lefties, who went 18-for-110 with a .225 on-base percentage.

In the 2013 postseason with the Dodgers, he allowed one run in 6.0 innings (seven games) while striking out six.

“J.P. proved to be a very valuable pitcher us,” Colletti said. “Not only did he help us achieve success, but his demeanor and competitiveness were real positives in the clubhouse.”

Los Angeles signed Wright, who turns 39 today, to a one-year deal. The 18-year veteran has pitched for ten different Major League teams, including the Dodgers.

Primarily a starter in his first 11 big league seasons, Wright has since pitched out of the bullpen, appearing in at least 60 games in five of the last six seasons.

"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,” said Colletti. “He brings versatility, a veteran presence and added leadership to the staff. We look forward to having him back in 2014.”

In 658 career games – 247 starts – Wright is 92-126 with a 4.82 earned run average. The birthday boy should enjoy his time with Los Angeles. In 42 career games at Dodger Stadium, Wright is 9-4 with a 2.50 ERA, his lowest mark in any Major League park.

With their Christmas shopping coming to a close, the Dodgers hope to provide fans with the gift that keeps on giving -- a roster that keeps on winning.

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