Of Course It’s Chris Perez

December 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Chris Perez | Leave a comment

Earlier this month, I looked at available free agent pichers and all but guaranteed that one from this list would be a Dodger:

John Axford
Fernando Rodney
Grant Balfour
Chris Perez
Kevin Gregg
Joaquin Benoit
Jose Veras

I also said “the declining Perez scares me in every way,” so yeah, of course it’s Perez who the Dodgers have reportedly signed. I’m on vacation — obviously, because a move happened — so I’m not going to delve into this deeply, and instead point you to Chad Moriyama‘s take:

When I informed my dad of this signing, he remarked, “Well, at least it’s not Jamey Wright.” Initially I agreed, but it’s not nearly as clear-cut as I thought, and Wright has actually been superior the past two years.

I don’t care that Perez and his wife smoke weed, I DO care that he was dumb/goofy enough to: 1) order weed from the mail 2) address it to his dog. Also, the fact that he’s sortof nuts/dumb will either be awesome or horrible, or both. Hopefully him being out of Cleveland will mean he stops whining about management when he was part of the problem and not the answer. I do, however, hope he continues to projectile vomit after innings.

Yep. The good news is that it’s really, really difficult to have a bad one-year contract — obviously we don’t know the terms yet, of course — but I’m not sure there’s a better poster boy for “saves are overrated” than Perez. Without saves, he’s merely and okay reliever. With them, he’s going to get paid a whole lot more than he deserves.

This also pretty much puts an end to the 2014 bullpen shopping, I’d guess:

CL – Kenley Jansen
RH – Brian Wilson, Chris Perez, Brandon League, Chris Withrow
LH – J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez

Right there, that’s seven relievers, and this could arguably be the Opening Day bullpen. (Sorry, Seth Rosin!) Of course, Rodriguez and Withrow still have options, so bad springs could… well, I don’t want to talk about that.

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