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MLB News and Rumors: Chris Perez, Dodgers agree to deal

MLB News and Rumors: Chris Perez, Dodgers agree to deal
December 23, 2013
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With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Sunday, December 22nd.

Top Stories

  • Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times tweeted late Sunday night that the Dodgers are on the verge of a one-year deal with former Indians closer Chris Perez. In Los Angeles, Perez will not be expected to work the 9th or even the 8th inning, as the Dodgers have closerKenley Jansen and set-up man Brian Wilson.

News and Notes

  • Jerry Crasnick reported that Scott Boras has tried to sell the Mets on two of his clients, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales.  The Mets have interest in upgrading their shortstop position, making Drew a possible fit.  New York has not shown any interest in Morales, however.  Both Boras clients have had slow developing markets this winter due in part to the draft compensation tied to each one.
  • Grant Balfour told Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden on their Sirius XM radio show that four teams have shown interest in him since his contract with the Orioles fell apart.
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says Lyle Overbay may be an option later in the winter as a back-up for the Orioles or Indians.
  • Cafardo also said that Mark Mulder is looking for a Minor League deal with incentives as he attempts to make a comeback.  Mulder has worked out for the Giants, Padres, Diamondbacks, Angels, and the Phillies.  He has also reportedly been throwing in the low 90s at his workouts.
  • Cafardo went on to say that the Cubs are looking for three good players in return for Jeff Samardzija, and the Rays are looking for the same thing in return for David Price.  According to Cafardo, these players could either be Major League ready or top prospects.
  • The Yankees, Cubs, and Diamondbacks are the teams most linked to Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

User Comments

December 27, 2013 - 1:58 PM EST

If you thought Perez would be a good fit in the 8th inning, how would him pitching in the 6th or 7th be worse?
December 23, 2013 - 7:53 PM EST
Besides the pot jokes - and yes it is much easier to 'score' in Colorado than LA, as absurd as that sounds - I don't get this from the Rage POV.

It's next to impossible to rehab his potential to ever close again - like say Axford - essentially this is surrender.

Always liked Perez. But his implosion and off-field stupidity has cost him millions. A cautionary tale for anyone paying attention.
Andy N.
December 23, 2013 - 2:02 PM EST
I don't know, I think it makes sense for Perez. If you can only get a one-year deal, why not take one with a team who is going to be a favorite to win a World Series. Who it doesn't make sense for is the Dodgers. If you remember my free agent predictions, I actually predicted Perez would sign with the Dodgers, but I thought it would be for the set-up role. Perez pitching in the middle innings doesn't sound like it's going to work out well to me.
December 23, 2013 - 12:29 PM EST
Well, he'd have been better off going to the Rockies or Mariners.
matt underwood
December 23, 2013 - 12:27 PM EST
Perez's dog should be able to get pot a lot easier out in LA than in Ohio.

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