Nationals Sign Oliver Perez

The Nationals signed Oliver Perez to a minor league deal and assigned him to minor league camp, the team announced (on Twitter). This marks the second time this week that an NL East rival has picked up a discarded Mets veteran; the Phillies signed Luis Castillo Monday.

The Nationals will be responsible for the Major League minimum salary if Perez makes the team and the Mets will assume the rest of his $12MM salary. Southpaws Sean Burnett and Doug Slaten figure to pitch at the major league level, while Perez works in the minors. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports (on Twitter) that Perez will begin the season at Triple-A.

The Nationals signed Perez on the recommendation of Spin Williams, a pitching coordinator who knows Perez, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter). Perez will report to minor league camp and work with Williams, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com (on Twitter).

As MLBTR's Agency Database shows, the Nationals already have eight Scott Boras clients: Rick AnkielAlex CoraDanny EspinosaAlberto GonzalezBryce HarperIvan RodriguezStephen Strasburg and Jayson Werth. Boras appears to have a strong working relationship with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo.

Yahoo's Tim Brown first reported the deal.


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107 Comments on "Nationals Sign Oliver Perez"


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DMCj
4 years 3 months ago

Yuck. That is all.

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Infield Fly
4 years 3 months ago

I’ll say!
See what happens when GM’s forget to take their meds?

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Mario Saavedra
4 years 3 months ago

Below this comment 400 bitter and angry Met fans comments about how Mike Rizzo is retarded and/or Oliver Perez will suck.

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

haha here i thought the nats were getting pretty good…now they are not

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NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 3 months ago

You do know this is a Minor League deal, right?

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

yeah ik but still

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inleylandwetrust
4 years 3 months ago

You also know your team is responsible for over 12 mil of that salary right?

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

yeah but idc hes off the team now and thats all that matters…would i rather wait a whole year with him on the team wasting a roster spot and having to pay the money after that anyways, or would i rather pay it now and get a use full roster spot, and take 400k off his 12 mil…it makes sense

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NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 3 months ago

that is reasonable, but here the Nats take a low risk move. Only problem is that they are essentially throwing away 400k-. All depends on where his ceiling stands right now.

Personally, I’d say something like: Hey Perez, thought you were too good for a Minor League Deal.

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brendonkuhn
4 years 3 months ago

I’d rather HAVE Ollie for 400k than NOT have him for $11.6 mil…but that’s just me

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

I’d rather pay him 11.6 mil to sabotage a division rival than 400K to pitch for my team

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DiehardDbak
4 years 3 months ago

LOL

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NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 3 months ago

I’d rather pay him nothing and watch him ruin 2 Division Rivals

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Hubbs2
4 years 3 months ago

Actually just under 12 million

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

i wanna know why. why is oliver perez suddenly ok with going to the minors now that he is a national? just annoying

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NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 3 months ago

So do I as I posted above. Guess it was the only way, to get a deal and I am sure he wants to play.

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goner
4 years 3 months ago

Perhaps Spin Williams saw something fix-able in Perez’s delivery, and was able to convince him that it would be worth a try to correct it in the minors

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

POOPING FROM LOLLING

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bigpat
4 years 3 months ago

best. reaction. ever.

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The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 3 months ago

Lol you made me choke on my coffee

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

at least you only had to wipe your chin

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

now the mets can get their payback on olli

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EdinsonPickle
4 years 3 months ago

Eh, maybe if he decides to convert himself to a pitcher some good can come of this.

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TartanElk
4 years 3 months ago

Well done sir, well done.