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Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti today announced the club’s signing of right-handed reliever Chris Perez to a one-year contract.

“We see him adding depth and experience to our bullpen and while Kenley (Jansen) and Brian (Wilson) will close games, we play so many tight games that we couldn’t pass up the chance to add another reliever who has experienced success in the 7th, 8th and 9th inning,” Colletti said.

Since 2010, Perez’ first as a closer, his 123 saves ranks sixth in Major League Baseball trailing Craig Kimbrel, Jonathan Paplebon, Rafael Soriano, Mariano Rivera, and Heath Bell.

Last year with the Indians, Perez went 5-3 with 25 saves in 30 chances. Though his season ERA was a career-worst 4.33, it was inflated by four outings in which he gave up 15 runs in 2 1/3 innings.

In his other 50 appearances, Perez’ ERA was 1.92. As late as August 1st, his season ERA was 2.41. From then until the end of the season, Perez saw that number climb to 4.33.

Such is life for an MLB closer.

Perhaps of more concern was the off-field behavior of Perez.

In June last year, the right-hander was arrested for misdemeanor drug abuse in a case where marijuana was shipped to his home. Perez’ wife, the former Melanie Baum told officers the package -- addressed to “Brody Baum” -- was intended for the family dog, Brody.

Perez was convicted September 3rd; the Indians released him on November 1st.

The Dodgers are certainly familiar with Perez. The 6’4", 240 pounder made his big league debut in 2008 at Chavez Ravine. Later that season, he recorded his first career save against the Dodgers retiring Jeff Kent, Andre Ethier, and Matt Kemp along the say.

In Cleveland franchise history, only Bob Wickman and Doug Jones have recorded more saves than Perez. Colletti was unconcerned with the former All Star closer accepting a reduced role.

"Chris expressed an interest in coming here and pitching in any role Don (Mattingly) asks of him,” Colletti said. It’s a great opportunity for both Chris and the Dodgers."

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