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The Nationals sign Oliver Perez

Mar 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT


The Nationals have signed Oliver Perez to a minor league deal, says Yahoo!’s Tim Brown.

Low risk and low money, so why not? At the moment the Nats’ depth chart has a rotation of Livan Hernandez, Jason Marquis, Jordan Zimmermann, Tom Gorzelanny and John Lannan.  I’m struggling to see which of those guys is supposed to be a worse option than Ollie Perez, but it’s not like it would be unexpected for a couple of them to stink up the joint.  Maybe if Ollie can figure something out down in the minors he’ll be some useful cannon fodder for the Nats at some point.

And if not? Hey, you’ve raised the morale of the other pitchers in the organization who see that, yes, it is possible to be even more hittable and walk-tastic than they already are.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Mar 23, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Haaaaaaaa Ha Ha……Hey, where are those two a$$ clown Nationals fans who made the inflammatory youtube video wrestlemainia style……you know, the one’s that had all kinds of nice words for the “maggot” Phillies fans……can we get a comment?

    • section138 - Mar 23, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Franky says relax, pal. It’s a Minor League deal, and he’s going to be working with Spin Williams in Florida. He’s not sniffing the Major League roster anytime soon. If Spin can fix some stuff (he was w/Perez in Pittsburgh) then it’s a bonus.

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    So he’s in a smaller park now? Cool……. As long as it isn’t CBP anyway.

  3. Utley's Hair - Mar 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Any word on whether it’s a deal to pitch?

    • cur68 - Mar 23, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      I’m down for hot dog vendor

      • SmackSaw - Mar 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

        He’ll put somebodies eye out.

    • cur68 - Mar 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM

      Mustard can sting, true. Maybe he can usher?

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 23, 2011 at 7:07 PM

        He’d never get anybody to sit down. They’d just keep walking or running around.

  4. mss16 - Mar 23, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    I think they might just bring him in to intentionally walk guys.

    • jupiter999 - Mar 23, 2011 at 5:16 PM

      He doesn’t have to try to make it intentional

  5. purnellmeagrejr - Mar 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Ollie has given new meaning to the term “Walk Year” – the most inscrutable performer in recent memory.

  6. aronmantoo - Mar 23, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    I’m wiping the tears from my eyes and by belly hurts from laughing so hard. If someone will pay Francour to hit, Why not Ollie to pitch. Glad I’m not a Nat’s fan

  7. jupiter999 - Mar 23, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    And here’s the pitch……Juuuussssssttttttt outside (ball misses backstop).

    Looks like Perez has his good stuff today !

  8. mrmet1986 - Mar 23, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Unfortunately, Perez has stated that although he signed a minor league contract he refuses to report to the minor leagues. Oh well. Hopefully Castillo showed up for the Phillies. The Mets are already about 10 games better now that they are spreading these guys around the division.

    • cur68 - Mar 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      How much pride can one lousy pitcher have? He needs help and the Nats actually have a guy who can help him (Spin Williams). Man, if anyone offered me a deal to go to Florida and work on my pitches I’d be there while the word bubble was still hangin tin the air. And, like Perez, I can’t even pitch!

  9. purdueman - Mar 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    At least Yankee fans are all breathing a collective sigh of relief over the news. Perez never fit the new Yankee MO anyways; in order to do that you have to be an over 35 year old refugee from someone’s disabled and then released list (like Garcia, Colon and Prior).

  10. phukyouk - Mar 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM


  11. macjacmccoy - Mar 24, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    First Jason Werth then Oliver Perez! Watch out NL East the Nationals are putting together an all division all star team down in DC.

  12. fdnymedic03 - Mar 24, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    It’s about time we get this bum out of NY..

    • jwbiii - Mar 24, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      Syracuse is in New York. . .

  13. cundiffmets - Mar 24, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Thats bs the mets should have held on to him the hole team has a bad year and they blame it on one player i say fire the owner

  14. cundiffmets - Mar 24, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    I dont agree about it gust because a team has a bad year u cant blame one person he needs some work bet the mets should have kept him maby they need new owners

  15. cundiffmets - Mar 24, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    And healthy players

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