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Dodgers sign reliever Lance Cormier

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers made a last-minute addition to their spring-training roster -- and to the competition for what probably will be only one open bullpen spot -- by signing veteran right-hander Lance Cormier to a minor league contract on Wednesday and inviting him to big league camp.

Cormier, 30, has spent seven seasons in the majors, the past two with the Tampa Bay Rays, for whom he posted a 3.92 ERA in 60 appearances last season. He allowed 68 hits in 62 innings and walked more batters (34) than he struck out (30).

Cormier will compete with several other relievers, both on and off the 40-man roster, for the last spot in the 'pen.

The primary contenders for that job are lefties Scott Elbert and Ron Mahay, right-hander Mike MacDougal and rookie Kenley Jansen, although Cormier would figure to be among the favorites.

Before joining the Rays, Cormier spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Atlanta Braves and the Baltimore Orioles. He shuttled back and forth between the majors and minors for five years before spending all of the past two seasons in the majors with the Rays. He also hasn't been on the disabled list since 2007.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.