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Olivo, Sherrill, Perez and Millwood officially become free agents

Post by Ryan Divish on Oct. 29, 2012 at 11:51 am with 8 Comments »
October 29, 2012 12:11 pm
Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood is one of four players to become a free agent today. (AP photo)

The Mariners announced that four players from last season have officially become free agents – Catcher Miguel Olivo, and pitchers Oliver Perez, George Sherrill and Kevin Millwood.

One player that was expected to become a free agent is right-hander pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. However, according to the Mariners, Iwakuma has until Saturday to negotiate a deal with the Mariners before becoming a free agent. It seems likely that  a deal with Iwakuma, who likes the organization, will get done.

Millwood, 37, went 6-12 with one shutout and a 4.25 ERA in 28 starts. The 16-year Major League veteran made his last start of the season Sept. 12 at Toronto, and did not pitch the rest of the season with right shoulder soreness. He ranked T4th in the AL with 10 no-decisions and had the 4th-lowest run support average by an AL starter (3.75 RSA).

Olivo, 34, appeared in 87 games in 2012, starting a team-high 68 games at catcher. He hit .222 (70×315) with 12 home runs and 29 RBI, his seventh consecutive season with double-digits in home runs. Behind the plate he ranked tied for 4th in the American League with 19 caught stealing.

Perez, 31, posted a 2.12 ERA (7 ER, 29.2 IP) in 33 appearances. After spending most of his career as a starting pitcher, Perez made the conversion to the bullpen where he posted the 9th-best ERA by an AL reliever (min. 30 G).

Sherrill, 35, spent nearly the entire 2012 season on the disabled list with a left elbow injury. He made two appearances (0-0, 27.00 ERA) before going on the disabled list April 13 (retro to 4/10). He had season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on May 4.

The free agents leave the 40-man roster at 35 … here it is ..

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. who cares?

  2. Well you must care enough to leave a comment

  3. Sounds like Perez is the only one of those 4 that would really get any consideration to return. Put up decent numbers.

  4. The M’s have enough minor league pitching depth to axe Robles and Medina by now. That could get them to 32. Who needs to be added to the 40 man to avoid the Rule 5 Draft?

  5. I mean 33.

  6. SandlotSam says:

    During the season I waited a long time for the Mariners to bring Iwakuma back from bullpen Siberia where they nearly let him turn into one of those frozen humans they dig up 10,000 years later, so I’m hoping they get his signing done with a little more alacrity.

  7. wabubba67 says:

    They need to re-sign Perez. He is an extremely valuable late inning set up man. The new Arthur Rhodes.

  8. bbnate420 says:

    Don’t feed tcronk. He’ll only wanna come back.

    I hope they bring both Perez and Iwakuma back. The rest can walk. Especially Olivo. That will give him at least ONE walk for the year!

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