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Mariners take a chance on pitcher Oliver Perez

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on Jan. 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm with 11 Comments »
January 18, 2012 4:39 pm

At one time, Oliver Perez was a pitcher that caused a lot of uncomfortable at-bats. The Mariners hope that he can be that player again.

Seattle announced this afternoon that they signed the 30-year-old left-hander to a one-year, minor-league contract.

Perez, plagued by control issues throughout his nine years in the majors, did not pitch in the majors last year. He spent the entire season with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators in the Washington Nationals organization, going 3-5 with a 3.09 ERA (26 ER, 75.2 IP) with 58 strikeouts in 16 games, covering 75 2/3 innings.

This winter, he has pitched well in the Mexican Winter League. In 14 1/3 innings, he’s struck out 19 with a 0.63 ERA despite an 0-2 record.

Previously, he pitched for San Diego (2002-2003), Pittsburgh (2003-2006) and the New York Mets (2006-2010). He has a career record of 58-69 with a 4.63 ERA with 1,126 strikeouts – but 628 walks – in 1,111 2/3 innings.

Perez’s last two seasons with the Mets were disastrous. He failed to pitch 70 innings in either season, and combined to walk 100 batters in 112 1/3 innings with an ERA over 6.80 in each season. That came on the heals of the 2008 season when he led the National League in walks with 105.

His best season with the Mets was 2007 when he went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA with 174 strikeouts in 177 innings. In 2004 with the Pirates, Perez went 12-10 with a 2.98 ERA while striking out 239 in 196 innings.

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  1. This one is such a joke that I just got teased about it on a national board where I am known to be a mariners fan!

  2. illbarry says:

    He was signed to a monor league contract, if he doesn’t have the mustard M’s are not out anything, if he can pitch even from the pen its a great sign.

  3. FairbanksDoug says:

    Z-man is by my reasoning an exceptional GM. We would of had exceptional talent sitting on the shelf, in AAA, getting more experience yes. But at some point we would be wanting to move that talent into the direction the Z-man did.

  4. WTraveler says:

    The Z man knows not what he’s doing. He signs a has been pitcher to a minor league contract on the same day the Rangers pay almost $110 mil for a pitcher. This a week after he gave away a #2 All star 22 year old pitcher for a “prospect.” It look like just another year of “The Z Man” filling the roster with “prospects” and “has-beens” and hoping they achieve numbers never before reached.

  5. ZombieLatics says:

    These moves appear to be the moves of a GM that is not allowed to spend money. If you blame Z you are missing the point. He is like a housewife given $10 to shop for an entire month’s worth of food…eventually she is going to have to go to the food bank. We have terrible owners.

  6. mojjonation says:

    Armstrong and Lincoln have been the problem for years. Until those two are removed from positions of authority, the downfall will continue. Trading away Pineda for a guy with 61 major league at bats was ridiculous.

  7. I agree re: Chucky & Howie.

  8. The Mariners are the Royals of the west and from the tardo trades the management does it will continue.

  9. “The Washington Nationals announced Friday night that they’d avoided arbitration and bought out two arbitration years by agreeing on what is reportedly a 2-year/$10.5 million dollar extension with 29-going-on-30-year-old first baseman/left fielder Michael Morse.”

    2011: .303, 126 rbi, 31 hr

    Traded away from Seattle by Back Z for Ryan Langerhans on 6/28/09.

    Z is starting to look like a worse acquisition than Bradley & Silva!

  10. This is embarrassing, the M’s FO is a joke. How can we convince Paul Allen to buy out these douches so he can bring in a FO that actually knows how to spend money to win. Tack on another lame summer of baseball in WA.

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