Chris Perez

Dodgers, Chris Perez agree to one-year contract

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, Contributor

Perez 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.

17 comments
metfan8669
metfan8669

That Chris Perez signing wasn't a bad one for the Dodgers, with only $2.3m guaranteed, but the Mets didn't need him.  There are always bullpen options.  Deals can be found. 

PS - Edgin is a Pennsylvania state championship winning wrestler (no easy feat in Pa, which is a strong wrestling state.)  Keep him on the team in case we have any Clemens bat throwing type incidents.  I hope he builds on last year and has a strong year.

Wrestlers have the right work ethic and respect for the moment.

Also rooting for German and Familia to put it together.  The potential for this pen is good.  But I agree with most everyone, you can never get enough pitching.

David Wright
David Wright

Latroy Hawkins was only the perfect solution for this need. Total pro and credibility for a reasonable price. Guess it made too much sense, duh.

Jeremy Schwartz
Jeremy Schwartz

They love adding big names...won't get em any closer to a ring though. #magiclogic

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

"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. "

How have they shown that exactly? Because there was reported interest in some guys 2 weeks ago and nothing since as those guys start to come off the board and sign elsewhere?

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

So as of right now, our bullpen looks like this I would assume. Black, Parnell, Rice, Torres, Edgin? ...and possibly German? I believe as of today all these pitchers are on our 40 man roster. We could use a couple upgrades for sure. Bullpen guys are so hit and miss, year to year type players its nuts...

mets2014
mets2014

kevin Gregg is not a bad option for a one year deal...shouldn't break the bank...I'm more intrigued with boggs

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

No big loss there. Fastball is not what it used to be and he throws grapefruits out there. I hear a lot of people complaining about the bullpen and letting Hawkins go. Give me the teams that were clamoring for Hawkins before the mets signed him? Exactly. Sandy will find someone. A set-up guy is not a major concern right now since there are tons of arms still out there.

WillisReid
WillisReid

I think Balfour would be a nice option for the Mets.  His value is probably a bit lower now thanks to Orioles.  


For whas team might lack offensively, they have some solid options for the 'pen and rotation if someone struggles or gets hurt.  



mettle
mettle

This is why I just don't trust the Mets, they've known Parnell's status all along yet let Hawkins go to the Rockies on a very reasonable contract.  Now we're scrambling to find bullpen arms.

nyijkm
nyijkm

So who else is left out there besides Boggs, Aceves and Balfour (who we clearly aren't in the running for)? it looks like Sandy is going to have to fill the bullpen with some no name/AAAA signings and hope for the best.


I am also interested in seeing Feliciano and Byrdak in Spring Training only to see what they have left in the tank, as lefty specialists.

WillisReid
WillisReid

@mettle They have plenty of live arms in the BP.  I don't get the sense they are scrambling at all, quite the opposite actually.  They can find some "experience" for less than what Hawk got.


The Rockies paid Hawkins to close games, which he clearly wasn't going to be doing here with any regularity.

mettle
mettle

@WillisReid I agree with you, as long as Parnell is healthy.  If not the back end right now is Black and Familia, talk about on the job training!