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Rumor Mill: Chris Perez to sign with Los Angeles Dodgers

The LA Times reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are close to a deal with former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Chris Perez.

The outspoken Perez, who got himself into trouble in his last stop with the Indians for repeatedly criticizing the support of Cleveland fans, looks like he'll be used in a middle relief role with the Dodgers. LA already has an established closer in Kenley Jansen. And the club re-signed former Dodgers closer Brian Wilson earlier this offseason after picking him up down the stretch last year.

Perez was successful in 25 of 33 save opportunities last season. But he had an unsightly 4.33 earned run average and lost his closer role in Cleveland after he returned from missing  month due to shoulder troubles. Perez also made headlines off the field when drugs were shipped to his home in the name of his dog. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in that case.

The contract with the Dodgers is believed to be a one-year pact that will allow Perez to re-establish his value and hit the market again next winter.