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Dodgers, veteran reliever Coffey agree to deal

Dodgers, veteran reliever Coffey agree to deal

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reached a one-year agreement plus an option Friday with free-agent right-handed reliever Todd Coffey. He'll earn $1 million this year with a $2.5 million option in 2013 or a $300,000 buyout.

Coffey, 31, was 5-1 with a 3.82 ERA for Washington in 2011, pitching 59 2/3 innings in 69 appearances and earned $1.35 million.

After last month's elbow surgery for Blake Hawksworth, Coffey will provide veteran depth to a bullpen that generally is relying on young arms, with Javy Guerra and Kenley Jansen closing, Josh Lindblom the long man and Scott Elbert the primary left-hander. He will join veterans Matt Guerrier and Mike MacDougal in middle relief, with John Grabow a non-roster invitee.

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Ronald Belisario is a wild card in the bullpen equation. After missing all of 2011 he remains on the restricted list, but he is already working out in Arizona. Belisario is subject to a 25-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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