Driven out of New York after failing to live up to a hefty contract and back to the depths of Double-A after almost a decade of Major League service, Oliver Perez faced a crossroads in his professional life last year.
Despite the continual adjustments that came with the new territory of relief pitching, Perez’s return to the Major Leagues was successful. The lefty turned into one of the better comeback stories in baseball in 2012, as he posted a 2.12 ERA in 33 appearances for the Mariners and became a reliable veteran for skipper Eric Wedge in a bullpen brimming with youth.
Perez had a good enough season that he’ll surely garner some offseason interest, with the Mariners among the interested clubs. Seattle has exclusive rights to re-sign him before all free agents hit the open market Thursday night. - Josh Liebeskind, MLB.com