Reds Trade Target: What About Oliver Perez?

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Perez throws against the New York Yankees during ninth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

With the news hitting that Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain won’t be off the disabled list prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Reds will have to search elsewhere for bullpen help.

I wonder why no one has brought up Oliver Perez

It could be because the Mariners front office recently stated that they most likely won’t be making any deals. Then again, that could merely be a ploy to drive up the price. Or that Seattle is playing some darn good ball and someone within the organization believes they can make a run at a wild card.

Um, not at 49-53 and 7.5 games out of the second wild card spot. Oh, and the Mariners would need to jump five teams to do so.

So, what about Perez?

If you have been a fan of baseball for roughly the past decade, you might recall that Perez, who is represented by Boras Corp., got a three-year, $36M deal from the New York Mets…and then proceeded into a free fall. For two years of that contract, Perez was 3-9 with an ERA of 6.81 and a WHIP of 1.985. He exhibited poor control (BB/9 of 8.0) over those two seasons.

Prior to the onset of 2011’s spring training, which would have been the final year oo that deal, the Mets cut bait and sent Perez packing. He would sign a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, but would never appear in an MLB for them.

In January of 2012, the Mariners gave him a shot, but made one adjustment. They moved Perez to the bullpen. After 22 games in Triple-A Tacoma, the M’s bought his contract. While there were still slight control concerns while in Tacoma (5.5 BB/9), there was an improvement.

Since Perez joined the Mariners last June, he has performed well. So much so that Jeff Sullivan from Fangraphs offered up Perez as a pitcher teams should want. Here’s the pluses and minuses with Perez…

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