Free agent RHP Chris Perez is close to signing a new contract with the Dodgers (Hernandez, Dec. 23).
The deal is for one year, pending a physical (Rosenthal, Dec. 23).
Perez, 28, went 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 appearances for the Indians in 2013, allowing 56 hits, 26 earned runs, 11 home runs and 21 walks with 54 strikeouts.
Perez signed a one-year, $7.3 million contract with the Indians last season.
He has recorded 132 saves since 2010.
Michael Baron, ContributorPerez might have been a nice insurance policy for Bobby Parnell and Vic Black, as well as a quality setup man to bridge the gap to the ninth inning.
The back-end of the bullpen is now the area of focus for the team this winter, as they are clearly concerned about Parnell’s status for Opening Day. It seems they’re trying to find multiple options – along with Black – as insurance for Parnell, in the event he isn’t healthy or has issues bouncing back from his neck surgery. They’re also lacking bodies with experience in the bullpen – Parnell is the only current member of the bullpen with a full year of big league experience, and his availability isn’t certain right now.
The Mets had been linked to Perez (Rubin, Dec. 9) as well as RHP Alfredo Aceves (Cafardo, Nov. 13), RHP Mitchell Boggs (Sherman, Dec. 9), and RHP John Axford (Duquette, Dec. 11), who recently signed a deal with the Indians.
Sandy Alderson is reportedly looking for a veteran set-up man with experience as a closer to compete with RHP Vic Black in the event Bobby Parnell is not ready for the start of the season.
Last week, Alderson told reporters Parnell had gained all the weight back he lost after undergoing next surgery last summer, and should be cleared to start throwing after he visits with team doctors this week in New York. He expressed confidence Parnell would be ready for Spring Training.
For a list of free agent relievers, MLB Trade Rumors.