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Report: Dodgers nearing deal with reliever Chris Perez

Dec 23, 2013, 12:18 AM EST

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Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times is reporting that the Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with free agent reliever Chris Perez. Financial details of the deal are not yet known.

Perez had spent the past four seasons as the closer for the Indians, but increasing ineffectiveness and some non-baseball-related incidents made him more trouble to the Indians than he was worth. Over those four years, he saved 123 games while posting a 3.19 ERA in 234.1 innings. The Indians released him after the season.

Perez joins a Dodgers bullpen that includes closer Kenley Jansen and veterans Brian Wilson, Brandon League, and J.P. Howell, among others.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    California. Medicinal. Good doggie. Fetch.

    • jwbiii - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      I was thinking the same things. Can vets write scrips for that?

    • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      It’s not only that the stuff is, well, kinda, legal. It’s that in LA, no one would think twice about it if a dog walked into a pharmacy to drop off or pick up the prescription. Happens all the time.

  2. maddogg911 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    That bullpen is going to be lights out!!!

    • lingerie00yardsale - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      That bullpen is going to be lighting up!

  3. strictlythedanks - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    I was really hoping the Twins would pay this man and support his stoner dog.

  4. janessa31888 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Lights out? Don’t count on it with this guy. He is known to be a tightrope walker and causes fans many heart problems by barely escaping….when he doesn’t blow the game that is. He likes loud ovations too, so if the fans don’t show up, he will throw them under the bus.

  5. mtr75 - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    He’ll be able to get some primo smoke out in LA.

  6. mediocrebob - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Hurry up Dodgers! Cleveland sports fans need reason to celebrate!

  7. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Looks like the Dodgers think this is a fantasy draft. They are so going to win the Saves category. Jansen, Wilson, Perez, Marmol, that other guy with the tattoos.

    • jaaxelson - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      there are a lot of teams that would like to have the dodger bullpen. they just can’t afford it.

      these guys know what their doing… they put together a very good staff last year. Honeycutt is the best least recognized PC in baseball.

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        I support the idea, completely, so long as everyone knows the pecking order

  8. nymets4ever - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    It’s as if the Dodgers just like to compile players with no overarching plan for their fit or role with the team. Just watch by midsummer when all those ex-closers’ egos start to clash.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      It’s as if you have no idea what you’re talking about. When have relievers ever clashed with each other?

    • jaaxelson - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      pitching staffs don’t “clash” … the compete. it’s very easy to tell if someone should be a closer… cleveland just didn’t know what they were doing. OBVIOUSLY.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Cleveland lost its moral compass when Howard the Duck moved to Las Vegas.

    • dinofrank60 - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      I’ll agree with your first sentence… Coletti does this every year.

  9. losangelesfan - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    He’s basically taking over for Bellisario. He’ll be the 7th inning guy. Low pressure. 4 former closers. That’s a good thing. It’s like having four natural center fielders.

  10. RoyHobbs39 - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    L.A. Times is reporting this? Sorry, I got news of this hours earlier from High Times.

  11. Ayana Rashed - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

  12. keets55 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    —–“pitching staffs don’t “clash” … the compete. it’s very easy to tell if someone should be a closer… cleveland just didn’t know what they were doing. OBVIOUSLY.”

    Wow!!! the Dodgers and their fans will learn to regret signing Perez if the deal happens. my hunch is that he’s released by the All-Star break.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      We put up with Brandon League last year… as our closer. Chris Perez is not going to be our closer. He’s not going to be our set-up guy. He’s going to be the 7th inning dude, back-up set up guy, and back-back-up closer (possibly back-back-back-up closer if League is still on the team and out performs Perez in Spring Training).

      So to put you at ease, we STILL don’t think there will be a chemistry problem in the bullpen, and we REALLY don’t think the Chris Perez signing will cause the strife that the Brandon League signing did.

  13. lostsok - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Is there a drug offense cuter than getting caught mailing grass to your dog?

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