2012 Dodgers in Review #49: RP Jamey Wright

3.72 ERA 3.39 FIP 67.2 IP 7.18 K/9 3.99 BB/9 0.5 fWAR A-

2012 in brief: Veteran retread was surprisingly adequate as only reliever to remain on active roster from wire to wire.

2013 status: Free agent.

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Hey, did you know that Jamey Wright made the Dodgers on his seventh consecutive season as a non-roster invite? Me neither, because it was something that was never brought up or mentioned about him, ever.

Besides, teams sign dozens of these guys per year, so when Wright landed with the Dodgers in early February, it didn’t merit a whole ton of attention:

Unrelated and obviously far less interesting, the Dodgers have signed 37-year-old veteran Jamey Wright to a minor-league contract and an invite to camp. Wright was a first-round pick of the Rockies way back in 1993; he made his debut in 1996 and was in Dodger Stadium three days later for his second career game against a Dodger lineup that featured Chad Fonville, Mike Blowers, and Greg Gagne. Despite being a soft-tossing righty, he has managed to last for sixteen seasons with eight teams, with two stops apiece in Colorado and Kansas City. Wright got into 60 games for the Mariners last year and actually posted a career-best 3.16 ERA, though the 4.30 FIP doesn’t quite back that up. As far as non-roster guys go, he’s par for the course and fine by me, though I’m not exactly sure I see how he has a prayer to make what looks to be a pretty full roster unless the injuries really pile up in camp.

As it turned out, the Dodgers had signed Wright back in 2009 but the deal was canceled when he failed a physical, so I suppose we shouldn’t have been surprised when he did actually earn a roster spot, in no small part due to Blake Hawksworth‘s ongoing health problems. When we learned on March 26 that he’d officially made the roster, we were excited to the point where I couldn’t even analyze it with any seriousness.

Wright very nearly made an emergency Opening Day start when Clayton Kershaw came down with the flu — which, thank whatever deity you believe in for “very nearly”, because that’s not a reality I’m prepared to live in — but he didn’t make a very favorable impression on us in his second outing, on April 7:

That came an inning earlier than usual tonight, where after breezing through four scoreless, Capuano gave up a single and three walks, leaving the bases loaded for Jamey Wright. Wright – doing Jamey Wright things, don’t you know – then proceeded to walk each of the next two on eight straight balls, forcing home two runs, before being relieved himself; Scott Elbert allowed another run on a wild pitch and yet another on an Orlando Hudson single, during which the inning mercifully came to an end when catcher Nick Hundley was thrown out attempting to score.

Still, Wright was surprisingly effective though April, not allowing a hit in his first six appearances, including a high point on April 19 when he struck out Rickie WeeksNyjer Morgan, Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez & Corey Hart in succession.

Despite our expectations that Wright would get replaced at nearly any second, the constant flux in the bullpen made it so that he was never really in as much danger of losing his job as you’d think. Perhaps that wouldn’t have been the case if Matt Guerrier & Kenley Jansen & Scott Elbert & Javy Guerra all hadn’t hit the disabled list, and if Ronald Belisario hadn’t missed the first month, and if Josh Lindblom hadn’t been traded, but all those things did happen, so he managed to skate by.

That’s not quite the same thing as being good, of course, because he did allow two or more earned runs a surprising nine times, which along with allowing more than a hit per inning and a high 4.0/9 walk rate isn’t exactly ideal. Still, he did post a career-high strikeout rate and simply managed to stay healthy and not awful all season, which is a lot more valuable than it sounds — especially for a guy making the minimum.

So here’s to you, Jamey, for being Ned Colletti’s token non-roster guy who contributes of 2012. Now let’s hope we never see you in Dodger blue again.

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Next up! Finally, we’re done with player reviews: it’s Ronald Belisario!!

187 comments
Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

I apologize in advance for how dumb the post going up in about 20 minutes will be.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

After 19 rounds of the FG fantasy draft:

 

C Mauer

1B Morse

2B Uggla

3B Headley

SS Zobrist

OF Trout

OF Ethier

OF Trumbo

BN CDavis

BN Frazier

BN ASoriano

 

SP Stras

SP Weaver

SP Medlen

SP CJ Wilson

SP Lohse

 

RP Papelbon

RP Putz

RP Jansen

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

Tamales are the best drunk leftovers ever. That is all.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

Shoes and Bud Light. I know how to charm 'em. 

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Still cant get over the indian guy that bought the shirt made of gold. That is so much swag. Soooo much

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello Good dumb or bad dumb?

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @Antonio_G My boxing strategy was a tad different, get hit, but hit harder.. I wonder why my boxing career never took off, hm

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 @Gilbert_Vengeance the actual clips of them throwing looks awesome. the part where he gets hit in the head looks kind of silly tho

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 @Gilbert_Vengeance so excited about this movie, especially after watching ken burns 6th inning i belkieve

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How did our Jim not make this list?

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efb

 @LA_Woman LOL remember Joel Guzman? Werent we excited about him for some reason back in 2006?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Chris Jackson But don't worry, their lineup is apparently better than ours.

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Mashed potato elbow?

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Dee couldnt imagine that kinda swag

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @DBrim Well, let's see. I'd give the Dodgers the edge at catcher (better plate discipline, doesn't just hit at home, better defense), first base (not 30,000 years old), center fielder (more power, comparable defense/speed). Second base is a toss-up (veteran with good defensive skills versus TBD youngster). Shortstop is definitely in favor of the Rockies (if Tulo is healthy). Third base is up in the air until the Rockies pick someone. A healthy CarGo is better than Crawford in left. Cuddyer/Colvin vs. Ethier ... hmm, pretty close.

We won't compare pitching staffs. That just wouldn't be fair. And thus, LA = contender, CO = 100 losses.

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Id give it a good ol' once over

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello Can't wait.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @IBBFTW  @Chris  @Chris  @DBrim Yeah, too bad they inhabit that nebulous world of hopelessly dumb baseball teams. I won't mention one of the others (one in particular). Trying to stay on the bright side in the wake of the news that hockey will soon be back.

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@Chris Jackson @Chris @DBrim No apologies needed. It'd be silly of Colorado to NOT trade for proven pitching.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @IBBFTW  @Chris  @DBrim Sorry for the delay. Cold medicine. Unexpected Zs that guarantee I'll be up till 3 am. Anyway, as Passan pointed out in the story above, the Rockies apparently are intent on keeping Cuddyer, even though they have a glut of 1B/OF types, rather than trade him for pitching. I think if Ned could get Cuddyer for, say, Cappy straight-up he'd do it in a heartbeat. I'd expect the Rockies to ask for Cappy plus a prospect, or just prospects. Because they're dumb. At which point Ned could (hopefully) find better value elsewhere.

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@Chris Jackson @DBrim Interesting... Think Ned is wily enough to kick the tires on Cuddyer? Still not sure Colorado is looking to trade for pitching though.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Disgruntled Goat You're also talking to somebody with 20 road signs and 13 license plates hanging in his room, so it's not like I can judge.

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@LA_Woman @Disgruntled Goat @Amy Wong, Ph.D. Candidate But are the shoes made of gold? :)

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Disgruntled Goat  I've bought the same pair of shoes every year or two for the last eight years or so.

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But are they shoes you walk in, dance in or stand around in?

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35 pairs of shoes isnt too shabby. Good beginner level

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I. Wait. Need a moment to process

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Christian Louboutin, Vera Wang, Ferragamo's, Jimmy Choo's

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THINK OF THE SHOES HE CAN PURCHASE FOR ME

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No doubt. Hes like a walking gold statue!