Reliever Gregg signs Minors deal, gets invite to camp

Reliever Gregg signs Minors deal, gets invite to camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -– The Dodgers have signed free-agent right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, bringing the total of their non-roster invitees to 19.

Gregg, 34, was 3-2 with a 4.95 ERA last year with Baltimore, his fifth organization, before being released in September. The previous five seasons, Gregg was a closer, compiling 144 career saves, topping out at 37 with Toronto in 2010.

Gregg's signing comes two days after the club signed Mark Lowe, also to a Minor League contract with a Spring invite. But unless there is a new injury, the Dodgers already have a loaded bullpen with closer Brandon League, setup men Kenley Jansen and Ronald Belisario, situational lefty J.P. Howell, Matt Guerrier, Javy Guerra, Shawn Tolleson, Paco Rodriguez, Stephen Fife and Josh Wall.

The latter five still have options and can be sent to the Minor Leagues.

In addition, if the top five starting pitchers are healthy, there isn't room for Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly.

However, Chad Billingsley, Lilly, Jansen, Guerra and Guerrier are coming off injuries that required them to miss considerable time last season.

Other pitchers who are non-roster invitees and likely to duel with Gregg and Lowe for a final bullpen spot are Juan Abreu, Kelvin De La Cruz, Greg Infante, Peter Moylan and Matt Palmer.

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