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Nationals “have significant interest” in Oliver Perez

Nov 15, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

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At this point the Nationals have been linked to basically every free agent reliever who throws the ball left-handed and the latest is Oliver Perez, with Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reporting that they “have significant interest.”

Perez was awful in 2009 and 2010, and then out of the majors completely in 2011, but since shifting to the bullpen for the Mariners in 2012 he’s thrown 83 innings with a 3.16 ERA and 98 strikeouts.

But here’s the funny thing: Perez pitched for the Nationals at Double-A in 2011, starting 15 games with a 3.09 ERA and 58/27 K/BB ratio in 76 innings, but they let him go. And then the Mariners turned him into a valuable reliever.

  1. natstowngreg - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    There was a time when this headline would have made me gag. Not now.

    Glad to see that Oliver has harnassed his considerable talent and found a niche as a LOOGY. Goodness knows, the Nats need a LOOGY.

    • shawndc04 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Yes, but not him. Bad WHIP and badOBP versus lefthand hitters.

    • emdash01 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Eh, a LOOGY would be okay, but what they really need is a good left-handed pitcher who can also pitch to righties. Sean Burnett without the constant injuries, basically.

  2. NatsLady - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Heaven only knows what Rizzo is doing, but given that GMs hate trade rumors, putting a new lefty reliever out there every day (Javier Lopez, that was 2 days ago or putting Sammy Solis in the bullpen) the Nats looking at every lefty reliever is a nice distraction…

  3. xdj511 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    As long as he doesn’t end up with the Mets. It would be like the time in the late 90’s when they brought Bobby Bonilla back for a season, although I think it was in a trade with the Dodgers that got us rid of Mel Rojas long after he was useful. (shudder)

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