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"


DMCj
4 years 5 months ago

Yuck. That is all.

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

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

Mario Saavedra
4 years 5 months ago

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

4 years 5 months ago

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

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 5 months ago

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

4 years 5 months ago

yeah ik but still

inleylandwetrust
4 years 5 months ago

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

4 years 5 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

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 5 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.

brendonkuhn
4 years 5 months ago

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

4 years 5 months ago

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

DiehardDbak
4 years 5 months ago

LOL

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 5 months ago

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

Hubbs2
4 years 5 months ago

Actually just under 12 million

4 years 5 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

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 5 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.

goner
4 years 5 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

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

POOPING FROM LOLLING

bigpat
4 years 5 months ago

best. reaction. ever.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Lol you made me choke on my coffee

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

at least you only had to wipe your chin

4 years 5 months ago

now the mets can get their payback on olli

EdinsonPickle
4 years 5 months ago

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

TartanElk
4 years 5 months ago

Well done sir, well done.

bringbackandruw
4 years 5 months ago

3 more wins for the Braves

Martin M.
4 years 5 months ago

very fast these nats

WolandJR
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe he can play CF.

ProfessorIronHorse
4 years 5 months ago

Its official, the Nationals are Scott Boras’ new favorite mark, I mean team.

Next week, the Nationals sign Joe Crede.

4 years 5 months ago

Joe Crede has infinitely higher odds of being useful than Perez.

Farid Rushdi
4 years 5 months ago

Don’t understand all the negativity about these types of signings. It’s a minor-league contract and all the Nats are responsible for is his minor-league salary. The Mets pay the rest. If he finds himself again, great. If not, what did it cost the team?

I have a feeling that someone associated with the Nationals have noticed a flaw in his delivery over the past couple of years and believe he can be “fixed” by correcting it.

He’s only 29 and remember that Livan won 10 games and had a 3.66 ERA after three very bad seasons. Who is to say that Perez can’t do the same? Do I think he will? No. But he might. You never know.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

it’s not negativity. it’s laughter

opening day is still a week away. this is all we can do

inleylandwetrust
4 years 5 months ago

Man I can’t wait any longer for opening day. Something about baseball that just makes everything right.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

………………..agree

4 years 5 months ago

apparently you haven’t seen him the past two years…he sucks

4 years 5 months ago

apparently you haven’t seen him the past two years…he sucks

MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

You can say that again

Gumby65
4 years 5 months ago

The Anti-Strass.

4 years 5 months ago

that’s true. Perez never had Tommy John Surgery!

Gumby65
4 years 5 months ago

Yet 5 days after TJ Surgery, a state trooper could probably still give Strasburg’s fastball a ticket.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

It’s hard to throw a fastball when your arms in a sling…

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

You’d still probably have a more accurate throw with it in a sling over Oliver Perez

drjayphd
4 years 5 months ago

…wait, they start Perez, then the next day, start Strasburg to make him look even more dominant? MY GOD IT’S GENIUS

4 years 5 months ago

Anyone think this is Rizzo doing a FAVOR for Boras? I can’t believe Rizzo would be this dumb without getting something in return

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

If this was a favor, how much did Rizzo owe Boras before the Werth deal?

Bender44
4 years 5 months ago

When you have the type of crippling Faberge egg addiction that Rizzo has, you tend to owe some pretty big favors.

HobokenMetsFan
4 years 5 months ago

hah I don’t think people got this reference.

Bender44
4 years 5 months ago

I’m glad someone did though.

4 years 5 months ago

Well this certainly isn’t as fun as the Yankee’s signing him.

Braydon Gervais
4 years 5 months ago

Ehhh there’s a new phenom in town! Strasburg who??

Blue387
4 years 5 months ago

“Oliver Perez is the next Sandy Koufax.”
– Scott Boras

As least Koufax knew when to quit.

NWDC
4 years 5 months ago

I think this is 99.5% likely to not work out for the Nats but it is costing them nothing so why the hate?

grownice
4 years 5 months ago

Dontchu know?? Hataz gonna Hate mannnn

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t know of anyone that hates the Nationals. I just think they find this signing humorous.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

If $400,000 is nothing, then uh, give it to me because I can sure use it.

bringbackandruw
4 years 5 months ago

Since when is 400k nothing?

Alexander_Brovechkin
4 years 5 months ago

It’s a typical garbage-heap signing for the Nats. If it works out, we look like geniuses and can maybe unload him at the deadline for something. If not, we lost nothing, like with Wang last year. $400k in Major League salaries is nothing, especially since our owners are the richest in baseball.

4 years 5 months ago

The Nationals have seen this guy pitch all spring. What makes them think he’s going to all of a sudden find 8 MPH more. Stupid scouts.

NWDC
4 years 5 months ago

Stupid commenter thinking this deal means the scouts are in love with Perez. It’s a minor league deal. A minor league MINIMUM deal. $65k.

Karsch
4 years 5 months ago

Yes and someone signed him to a minor league deal. I understand its a minor league deal but what is the point? He will never make the team and the Nationals have a surplus of pitching.

4 years 5 months ago

Relax bud. If scouts are willing to give this guy a chance than they clearly haven’t been paying attention. Perez throws 85MPH with no movement. He can’t find the plate, can’t pitch to righties (not much better against lefties either) and falls over every time he releases the ball. This guy wouldn’t go to the minors last year when the Mets asked him to. Forgive me for having absolutely zero faith in the guy. I’m sure he’s a nice guy but he doesn’t deserve a chance in major league baseball ever again.

I’m sure he’ll never pitch for the Nats but have fun watching him the rest of the spring. I’m sure you’ll be impressed.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Considering that he signed a MINOR LEAGUE DEAL I think the Nats are well aware of his shortcomings but are willing to try and see if they can salvage something out of him for some purpose, even if it’s as a loogy in july or august.

NWDC
4 years 5 months ago

Let me ask you this — who is more likely to contribute to the Nats this year, Perez or the woman that answers the phone when you call 202-675-NATS? Because they’ll make about the same amount of money. He gets $65,000 unless the Nats decide to promote him and pay the MLB minimum.

4 years 5 months ago

I’m not arguing with you over Oliver Perez. Enjoy the show.

oleosmirf
4 years 5 months ago

wait people go to Nationals games?

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Only if Strasburg pitches, which unfortunately won’t happen this year, but if Perez ever came in relief, you’d find an empty stadium.

4 years 5 months ago

Yeah. Phillies fans.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

wtf, she gets 65k for answering calls?! I chose the wrong profession…

Vmmercan
4 years 5 months ago

There is no chance a Customer service Rep for the Nationals is making $65,000 a year. None.

bigpat
4 years 5 months ago

Yikes. I know it’s a minor league deal but what’s the upside? If he’s on their major league roster, their season is over. They have so many other worthy candidates for 5th starter jobs unless he’s going to work in the minors and become a reliever, something I didn’t think he was very high on.

Also, the Nats seem to be stockpiling ex-Pirates, it’s really kinda weird.

4 years 5 months ago

Daniel Cabrera take II. Nats continue to be a horribly run team.

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

That is way too far of a claim.

Alexander_Brovechkin
4 years 5 months ago

I thought Cabrera was more of a Nook LaLoosh whereas Perez has a dead arm. The claim that they are a horribly run team is ridiculous. You can polish a turd but it’s still a turd. Signings like this just indicate that they’re investing little to maybe get something out of it. Most of the big name FAs want to go to top teams and not terrible teams like the Nats because they want to win now. If you want to claim they’re poorly run, you should look at how well they have invested in the farm system, which was just horribly decimated by Omar Minaya’s reign of terror and Jim Bowden’s stupid use of draft picks. They’re getting things done at the bottom and just have to tread water at the top until the kids are ready.

LUWahooNatFan
4 years 5 months ago

This is a waste of 400K….I don’t understand why the Nationals did this, I don’t really see any way Perez makes it to the Nationals unless Burnett and Slaten both get injured, which is highly unlikely. I just don’t really get this move.

$4555515
4 years 5 months ago

oh noes not 400K!!!! the nats are sure 2 go broke now

NWDC
4 years 5 months ago

IT’S NOT $400K. That’s the MLB minimum. It’s 65k, the minor league minimum.