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Dodgers finalize Chris Perez contract

Including Perez, who saved 121 games in the last four years for Cleveland, the Dodgers will pay $28.6 million to five relief pitchers in 2014 who aren't closer Kenley Jansen.


LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Tuesday finalized their deal with Chris Perez, signing the former Indians closer to a one-year contract. The deal is worth a guaranteed $2.3 million, per multiple reports.

Perez, 28, made $7.3 million in 2013 and was released by the Indians on Oct. 31. He had one more year of salary arbitration eligibility remaining.

The right-hander and his wife were arrested on marijuana possession in June, but general manager Ned Colletti said he had no qualms about signing Perez. The two met for several hours offsite during the winter meetings in Orlando.

"I think it's important to get to know somebody before you sign them," Colletti said Tuesday. "And also for the player, for them to get to know me."

Perez can reportedly earn up to $5.7 million in performance bonuses as part of the contract, though those details aren't yet known.

Perez will join the most expensive Dodgers bullpen in history. In addition to the $2.3 million for Perez, the Dodgers in 2014 will pay $10 million to Brian Wilson, $7.5 million to Brandon League, $1.8 million to Jamey Wright, and closer Kenley Jansen, eligible for salary arbitration for the first time. J.P. Howell in the first year of his two-year contract, counting his signing bonus, will reportedly be paid $7 million next year.

This is before considering the possibility of a potentially full Dodgers starting rotation pushing Josh Beckett (due $15.75 million in 2014) or Chad Billingsley ($12 million) to relief duties.

With the signing of Perez, plus Tuesday deals for Howell, Wright and Juan Uribe, the Dodgers now have $218.675 million committed to 21 players in 2014, and have 40 players on the 40-man roster.