Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Seattle Mariners Take a Chance, Sign Oliver Perez to Minor League Contract


Left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez, who won 15 games for the New York Mets in 2007 before hitting hard times, signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday. Perez, 30, was invited to major-league spring training.

Perez followed his breakthrough '07 season by going 10-7 in 34 starts for the Mets in 2008, earning a three-year, $36 million contract from the Mets.

But he was hampered by knee problems, eventually requiring surgery, in 2009, and went 3-4 with a 6.82 earned-run average in 14 starts. That was followed by a disastrous 2010 season, in which Perez went 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA in 17 games (seven starts).



After a poor showing in spring training last year, when the Mets were trying him as a left-handed relief specialist, Perez was released in late March. The Mets had to absorb Perez's $12 million salary for 2011. He ended up signing with the Washington Nationals and spent the entire season with their Class AA Harrisburg team, going 3-5 with a 3.09 ERA in 16 games (15 starts).

This past offseason, Perez pitched in relief for the Tomateros de Culiacan in the Mexican Winter League. In 23 games, he was 0-2 with a 0.63 ERA, striking out 19 in 14-1/3 innings.

For his career, Perez is 58-69 with a 4.63 ERA for the Padres, Pirates and Mets.
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