Dodgers Sign Jake Lamb, Mike Wright; Yency Almonte & Reyes Moronta Also Added As Spring Training Non-Roster Invitees

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signings of Mike Wright and Jake Lamb to Minor League contracts with an invitation to 2022 Spring Training. Yency Almonte and Reyes Moronta also were added to big league camp as non-roster invitees.

The signings of Almonte and Moronta, both of whom have Major League experience, were first reported over the weekend. Almonte made his MLB debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2018, though only appeared in 14 games.

He struggled the following year but bounced back in 2020 by going 3-0 with one save and a 2.93 ERA over 24 games. That was followed by more trouble last season, as the right-hander went 1-3 with a 7.55 ERA in 48 games.

Moronta missed all of the 2020 season while recovering from labrum surgery in his right shoulder. He was part of the San Francisco Giants bullpen come Opening Day of the 2021 campaign, but only managed to appear in four games before going on the 10-day injured list due to a right elbow flexor strain.

Moronta resumed throwing near the end of April but began to experience right forearm stiffness roughly one week later. Moronta was diagnosed with a mild sprained ligament that wound up sidelining him into August.

He didn’t appear in any games for the Giants upon being activated off the 60-day IL and was sent outright to the Minors after being designated for assignment and clearing waivers. Moronta went 8-9 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 136 games over parts of four seasons with the Giants.

Wright has spent time in the Majors with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox. He pitched to a 5.50 ERA over 13 relief appearances for the White Sox last season.

Lamb has struggled to remain healthy the past four seasons, which negatively impacted his trajectory after a 2017 All-Star season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He was limited to 220 games from 2018-21, and hit a combined .203/.308/.355 with 25 doubles and 22 home runs over that span. Lamb is coming off a particularly futile 2021 season spent with the White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, as he batted just .194/.306/.368 with four doubles and seven home runs in 55 games.

Dodgers non-roster invitees to 2022 Spring Training

Pitchers (8): Yency Almonte, Beau Burrows, Jon Duplantier, Carson Fulmer, Sam Gaviglio, Reyes Moronta, Mike Wright

Catchers (4): Hunter Feduccia, Carson Taylor, Tomas Telis, Tony Wolters

Infielders (5): Eddy Alvarez, Andy Burns, Michael Busch, Kody Hoese, Jake Lamb, Miguel Vargas

Outfielders (4): Ryan Noda, Jason Martin, Andy Pages, Stefen Romero

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