Coffey signs with Dodgers

Coffey signs with Dodgers
February 4, 2012, 3:36 pm
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"Coffey Time" is heading out to La-La Land. Which means it may need to be re-branded "Soy Latte Time."

Todd Coffey, who amused Nationals fans with his bullpen-to-mound sprint last season, has signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers that guarantees him at least 1.3 million.

The right-hander will earn 1 million this year, with a club option for 2013 worth 2.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. If the Dodgers decline the option, they'll pay a 300,000 buyout.

Coffey, 31, went 5-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 69 appearances and proved an effective middle reliever during his one season in Washington. The Nationals had some mild interest in bringing him back, but once they inked veteran Brad Lidge to a one-year, 1 million contract last week, they no longer had an open bullpen slot.

The husky reliever owns a 4.08 ERA in 438 career appearances with the Reds, Brewers and Nationals.