The Los Angeles Dodgers rounded out their bullpen on Friday, signing veteran right-handed relief pitcher Todd Coffey to a one-year deal plus a club option for 2013, worth a guaranteed $1.3 million. Coffey will be paid $1 million in 2012, and his 2013 option is worth $2.5 million with a buyout of $300,000.
Coffey, 31, was 5-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 69 games with the Washington Nationals in 2011, with 20 walks and 46 strikeouts in 60 innings. He has also pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds in his seven-year major league career.
With the addition of Coffey, the Dodgers bullpen appears to be almost set with six locks for the opening day roster, with Coffey joining Javy Guerra, Kenley Jansen, Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal, and Scott Elbert. MacDougal, like Coffey has a high option amount for 2013 (also $2.5 million), essentially making their buyout a deferred payment as the options are unlikely to be exercised.
With the Coffey signing, the Dodgers have 17 players under contract for 2012 for a total of $79.975 million.
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