Mariners Sign Oliver Perez

The Mariners signed left-hander Oliver Perez to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, the team announced. The Boras Corporation represents the 30-year-old, who didn't pitch in the Major Leagues in 2011.

Perez struck out 239 batters with a 2.98 ERA as a 22-year-old in 2004. After he struggled with his command for two seasons, the Pirates traded him to the Mets for Xavier Nady. Perez posted a 3.91 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 in 371 innings from 2007-08 and the Mets signed him to a regrettable three-year, $36MM contract. They got just 112 1/3 innings of 6.81 ERA ball out of the investment before releasing Perez last March.

Perez pitched 75 2/3 solid innings for the Nationals' Double-A club in 2011. He finished the season with a 3.09 ERA, 6.9 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 15 starts.


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94 Comments on "Mariners Sign Oliver Perez"


3 years 6 months ago

why?

Shawn Ryu
3 years 6 months ago

Depth

3 years 6 months ago

why?

3 years 6 months ago

Zero risk

YaGottaBelieve11
3 years 6 months ago

Zero reward as well

3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

YaGottaBelieve11
3 years 6 months ago

Haha sorry. Justa little bitter

3 years 6 months ago

its a minor league deal, people do not need to question why.

3 years 6 months ago

Gio Gonzales 1.0

vonhayesdays
3 years 6 months ago

just stop 

michael hughes
3 years 6 months ago

What does that makes Gio Gonzales? Gio Gonzales 2.0? Wouldn’t it be weird if Gio Gonzales was Gio Gonzales 2.0?

Alex
3 years 6 months ago

Waste of a roster spot.

Chip1010
3 years 6 months ago

He hasn’t made the roster.

Raylan Givens' Stetson
3 years 6 months ago

AAA Roster.

Alex
3 years 6 months ago

Waste of a spot on any level.

3 years 6 months ago

LOL never thought I’d hear about this dude ever again.

Shawn Rosen
3 years 6 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHA what a waste of time. Even the Mariners minor league system should not be this desperate.

95isOver
3 years 6 months ago

A favor to Boras.  Earned the Ms a discount for Prince.

Shawn Rosen
3 years 6 months ago

more like Gio Gonzalez -50.7

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 6 months ago

The Mariners arent going to do much this season anyway. Its a minor league deal and a low risk high reward flyer. Maybe something happens and he is a solid 5? No risk  

Bob9988
3 years 6 months ago

Low risk, sure.  High reward….no.

3 years 6 months ago

The M’s need arms in AAA. Their shiney arms should start the season in AA Jackson where it’s warm. Tacoma and the PCL has a lot of very cold ball parks in April/May. Hultzen and Paxton should start in Jackson and move to Tacoma or Seattle when it gets warmer.

jamison_m
3 years 6 months ago

I’ve never really thought about it like that…

PennMariner
3 years 6 months ago

There is certainly some potential for high reward with a guy who has a 9.1 K/9 over a 9 year career. It doesn’t hurt to stash him in Tacoma as depth.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 6 months ago

So the one percent chance that all of a sudden Oliver Perez finds his game and pitches sub par is automatically stricken? The Mariners are NOT doing anything this year anyway so like i said low risk because if he sucks he sucks who cares, If he pitches half decent? idk seems like a plus to me. Dont think the FO is expecting him to give Felix a run for Ace

Ricardo Elorza
3 years 6 months ago

And to think I actually wanted them to trade for him while whe was in Pittsburgh because he reminded me a litte of Randy Johnson. Good times.

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

Wow!!! Why sign this bum? He should be a bag boy at a supermarket right now, instead of being a pitcher. He gives a bad name to pitchers.

Tony Matias
3 years 6 months ago

… and to bag boys…

jamison_m
3 years 6 months ago

He’s basically been hired to eat innings in Tacoma and in Spring Training. They might as well have signed a bag boy, but a bag boy would still require the same minimum wage, minor league contract (speculation) that Oliver Perez is getting.

3 years 6 months ago

Do the rainiers really need him?

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 6 months ago

Depth you never know someone could get hurt and he could do a 180 

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

[Insert World Series joke here]

VegasANGELSFan
3 years 6 months ago

Your move Rangers and Angels

3 years 6 months ago

pass.  go ahead and move again.

m4r1n3r
3 years 6 months ago

Hahaha….good one.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

It’s a 3 for 1 deal.  Sign Perez and EJax, and they get Prince too.

ARod's Ring
3 years 6 months ago

Isn’t that 3 for 2?

nymets4581
3 years 6 months ago

Ooohhh sorry M’s fans. We know all too well….

3 years 6 months ago

Wouldn’t you like to have Vargas and Carp by now? 

YaGottaBelieve11
3 years 6 months ago

No, not really.

m4r1n3r
3 years 6 months ago

You should. At least Carp anyway.

YaGottaBelieve11
3 years 6 months ago

Why? Mets literally have 3 Carps already in Ike, Murphy, and Duda – and they all are better hitters than Carp is

GEOLINK
3 years 6 months ago

LOLMariners

leachim2
3 years 6 months ago

That doesn’t work.

Bry
3 years 6 months ago

Where is your source?

dlacsa
3 years 6 months ago

Regrettable is an understatement

Ichiroll
3 years 6 months ago

Clearly the words “Minor League Deal” is being overlooked here……

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

No it’s not! He is just not worth a minor league deal. That is how bad he sucks. This guy was not worth the $36 mil he got. Nobody should offer this guy a job! Just let him run off with his riches and never return.

Ichiroll
3 years 6 months ago

Ronny Cedeno was offered a 1 year deal with the Mets.

Miguel Batista was offered a minor league contract with the Mets.

What are your thoughts on these signings? Both played for the Mariners, both were dreadful. 

The significance of a minor league deal, is being overshadowed by your hatred for the guy. I could say the same thing about both of those guys as you said for Perez, but the fact of the matter is, their deals, they don’t really mean anything…

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

Ronny Cedeno and Miguel Batista are both scraping the pan signings. Mets are broke and can’t afford anyone with talent. 

There is a difference between an unnecessary signing (Ollie), and a signing of a type of player you actually need (Mets signings).

PennMariner
3 years 6 months ago

Minor league depth signings aren’t unnecessary. We need starters in Tacoma. Oliver Perez will likely be one of them. It truly shouldn’t be this difficult to wrap your head around.

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

Yes, but there are better options. I’d rather have a 4 man rotation in Tacoma than waste a spot with Ollie.

jamison_m
3 years 6 months ago

Then it’s probably a good thing you don’t run a baseball team =]

SheaGoodbye
3 years 6 months ago

It’s obvious they don’t know just how inexplicably horrible Ollie is. It’s better that way…

jamison_m
3 years 6 months ago

It’s more like we don’t really care how horrible he is since he’s on a minor league deal that calls for him to eat innings in Spring Training and Tacoma, having zero effect on the big league club or its budget.

SheaGoodbye
3 years 6 months ago

That’s not the point. If he does impress enough in the minor leagues (which is possible considering the numbers he posted last season), he has a chance of getting called up. There’s only one way that scenario is going to end and it’s not good.

Not that I really care. As long as he never wears a Mets uniform again, I’m ecstatic.

m4r1n3r
3 years 6 months ago

This isn’t a very good rebuttal.

PennMariner
3 years 6 months ago

There’s a difference between not being worth the 36 million dollars he got and not being worth a minor league contract. Clearly, you’re struggling to understand the difference.

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

Clearly you don’t understand my statement. He WASN’T (Past Tense) worth the $36 mil he received, and he DOESN’T (Present Tense) deserve the minor league contract he just got.

Ichiroll
3 years 6 months ago

Minor League contracts are of no risk to ANY team. That’s the part you’re not understanding.

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

Risk? NO

Cost Money? Yes.

It’s a waste of money!!!

Why not sign Owings?

PennMariner
3 years 6 months ago

Nope. I understood. However, what I am failing to understand is how you can manage to be so exceedingly reactionary and bitter about a minor league depth signing that your team didn’t even make. The Mariners aren’t hurting themselves in the slightest by stashing him in Tacoma’s rotation. Get over it already.

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

You are the one making it into a bigger deal. I didn’t make one comment towards you. I basically commented my opinion and you responded to it. I didn’t ask you to respond to it, or did I?

disadvantage
3 years 6 months ago

” I basically commented my opinion and you responded to it.” Uhhh… that’s how commenting works.

And I can understand you’re bitter about Perez’s failure of a contract for your Mets, but to act as though Ollie is the worst player ever and doesn’t deserve to play ever again, even on a Minor League contract is downright ignorant.

Will he ever regain his 2004 form? No… But for what it’s worth, after 2005 he went on to have two miserable seasons before having an otherwise above average season for your Mets in 2007, showing he does have the propensity to come back and be a respectable pitcher. At worst, he falls apart and the team releases him.

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

Ummm…no that’s not how it works. The point of this feature is to post your reaction to what the thread is about. You have a choice of reading and replying to the other comments posted.

disadvantage
3 years 6 months ago

It’s a discussion board, hence why the company calls itself “Disqus”. So if you post an outrageous opinion, people will comment back (as you did with Ichiroll). That IS how it works…

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

Oh my bad I thought this was mlb trade rumors and disqus was just the commenting feature they used. I guess not. Last time I checked this website is for people to check the latest rumors in MLB, didn’t know this was a discussion board. Now I know, thanks.

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 6 months ago

I thought I remembered who this guy was, went to YouTube, and laughed when I finally remembered.