So This Is What Relievers Cost

The Dodgers could use a reliever. I know! I can’t believe it either. It’s certainly not something we’ve talked about like a dozen times recently, right? We’ve talked about who should go — hi, Chris Perez! And also Paul Maholm! And maybe, but less likely, Jamey Wright! — and whether it’ll be Paco Rodriguez or Scott Elbert or Jose Dominguez who comes to town, or whether...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 12, Dodgers 7: The Dumbest Game In The History Of Baseball

This game was so dumb. This was so, so stupid. Just everything about this game was the worst thing that ever happened, and know that I’m saying this despite the much-maligned Dodger offense scoring seven runs. So much happened. So little happened. Forget this ever happened. If Josh Beckett was hoping to prove he’s healthy and effective and that the Dodgers don’t need to add...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers 14, Dodgers 5: The Game That Never Happened

Sigh. Look, what do you want, really? We haven’t missed a game recap yet, and we’re not going to start now, but come on. We should probably remember how much fun this was for the first few minutes, when the Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first against Justin Verlander, who, after striking out Dee Gordon, allowed four straight hits, got Andre Ethier to fly...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 8, Rockies 2: So Long, Colorado

We’re going to lightning-round this one out, because the Rockies are terrible and no one paid attention to this game past the sixth inning and oh my god it still took four hours and there’s another post coming. The featured image to this post is Adrian Gonzalez sliding safely into home, which was funny because the bases were loaded and catcher Wilin Rosario decided he didn...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Perez discusses his time in Cleveland

Lucky’s Café in Tremont is so damn good that it’s all Chris Perez misses about his time in Cleveland. In an interview with’s Zach Meisel, Perez, the former Tribe closer, discusses his life with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the way his much-discussed tenure ended with the Cleveland Indians. It ended a lot better than it started, team-wise. What we were able to...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dodgers Must Import Infield Depth

Last night’s offensive outburst was a whole lot of fun, but it came with a price, and it’s made one thing extremely clear: As the trade season heats up, adding David Price or another starting pitcher is not the biggest issue this team needs to address. Replacing Chris Perez and Paul Maholm with an addition to the bullpen isn’t, either. No, I think it’s pretty obvious what...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s The Upside Of Keeping Chris Perez?

Here’s a secret about Chris Perez: He was never that good in the first place. You might think he once was, and it’s understandable why he’d have that reputation. He made the All-Star Game, twice. He saved 23 or more games four seasons in a row, topping out at 36 and 39. He once had an ERA of 1.71. He looked like a closer, what with the beard and the 94 mph fastball. Perez...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

New Dodger Chris Perez on Indians: ‘No hard feelings’

The biggest change for the Indians this offseason is in the bullpen, with turnover related to 45% of the team’s relief appearances from a year ago. The most recognizable departure, of course, is former closer Chris Perez. He was quickly released on Oct. 31 and was signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Dec. 21. In comments to Ken Gurnick, oft-criticized1 Dodgers...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

New Dodgers reliever Chris Perez says injuries affected his arm slot in 2013

Chris Perez did not have an impressive 2013: his 1.43 WHIP, fuelled by the right-hander giving more than a hit per inning, was a career-worst, as was his 4.33 ERA. The former Indians closer landed with the Dodgers in the offseason and as he told Jon Weisman of, the injuries he battled in the first half of 2013 caused him to adjust his arm slot, meaning he never really...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Is There Any Hope For Chris Perez Or Brandon League?

Will he improve? (via) The Dodgers have been relatively quiet this offseason, except in the bullpen. The most confusing signing of the bunch was that of Chris Perez, which doubled their number of “closers who lost their job last season because they were awful.” Brandon League also fits into that category, and probably isn’t going anywhere since he’s still owed 15 million...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pros & Cons of Arbitration

The saga of Chris Perez has brought up a great opportunity for a discussion of the arbitration system. Perez was released at the end of last season mostly because of his expected raise in arbitration (this was largely the reason for trading Drew Stubbs as well). While some may say it was because of Perez's attitude, that hasn't changed in the past three seasons, while his...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers work on bullpen with 3 signings

The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. Howell returns to Los Angeles for a two-year contract that includes a third-year vesting option. He held opponents to a .193 batting average last season and had a 2.03 ERA, both career bests. Howell, who went 4-1 in 67 appearances in his first year with the...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Indians closer Chris Perez heading to Dodgers

If Chris Perez thought the fans in Cleveland were harsh, he's in for a rude awakening. The former Indians closer, who had a rocky relationship with the fan base, is heading to L.A. on a one-year deal according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports revealed the terms of the deal on Monday night. The former All-Star served as the Indians closer for the past...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Chris Perez Set To Join The Los Anegles Dodgers

Chris Perez is reportedly on the verge of heading to the Dodgers on a 1 year deal It appears former Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez is about to find a new home. Many reports are surfacing of the former closer joining the Los Angeles Dodgers on a 1 year deal. Official terms or monetary figures have not be finalized yet, but it is appearing likely Perez will join LA. Chris...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB News: Chris Perez signs with Los Angeles Dodgers

Former Indians closer Chris Perez has reportedly reached a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez first reported the story late on Sunday night. Terms of the deal still have not been reported. Perez, 28, was released by the Indians back on Oct. 31. He earned $7.3 million in 2013 and was expected to make about $9 million if retained. That’s...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Chris Perez Agrees to One-Year Deal With Dodgers

There’s no shortage of closing experience in the Dodgers’ bullpen. The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with former Indians closer Chris Perez, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal reportedly is pending a physical, which Perez will take Monday. Perez recorded 25 saves for the Tribe in 2013, although he was terrible for much of the second half, leaving the...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB news: LA Dodgers sign Chris Perez and give bullpen several options

Many in baseball noted the framework and success the St. Louis Cardinals have had on focusing on developing young, power pitching. The Cardinals have a unique amount of depth, all of it cost-controlled, and have seamlessly insured their own success by having a number of options available if any unexpected injuries or ineffectiveness occured. It feels like a numbers game for the...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Closer Chris Perez signs one-year deal with Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on an one-year deal with former Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez, Fox Sports reported Monday. The 28-year-old righthander was released by the Tribe back in October following a rocky season in Cleveland. Perez, a two-time All-Star with the Tribe, went 11-17 with a 3.33 ERA and 124 saves from 2009 through 2013 in Cleveland. He ranks third all...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers sign Chris Perez

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Los Angeles Dodgers have signed RHP Chris Perez to a one-year deal pending a physical, which Perez is taking today. Perez, 28, saved 123 games for the Cleveland Indians from 2010-13 but was released a few weeks ago. He had a 4.33 ERA with 25 saves and 54 strikeouts this past season. He was particularly awful in the second half, allowing 17 runs in...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers reach deal with relief pitcher Chris Perez

The Dodgers added some depth to their bullpen today reaching an agreement with right handed reliever Chris Perez per Dylan Hernandez. An All-Star in 2011 and 2012 with the Cleveland Indians, Perez has 132 career saves with 123 of them coming over the last four seasons. He throws a mid-to-upper 90s fastball and will most likely be used in middle relief to pave the way for Brian...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers sign Chris Perez

getty images The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached agreement with relief pitcher Chris Perez on a one-year deal. Perez previously racked up 132 saves while pitching for the Cleveland Indians but he will not be the go to go in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old Perez will occupy a spot ahead of Brian Wilson and closer Kenley Jansen in the Dodgers bullpen. Source: Free-agent reliever Chris...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers closing in with Chris Perez on 1-year deal, but is he the best available?

The Dodgers have apparently found the seventh-inning former closer they’ve been seeking, as they are close on a one-year deal with former Indians closer Chris Perez, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. The Dodgers are closing in on a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Chris Perez, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB News and Rumors: Chris Perez, Dodgers agree to deal

With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Sunday, December 22nd. Top Stories...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers, Chris Perez close to 1-year contract, according to report

Ned Colletti appears to have finally settled on his "high-leverage" reliever with closing experience, as the Dodgers are reportedly close to signing former Indians' closer Chris Perez to a 1-year contract.Terms aren't yet known, but it'd be a shock if Perez got more than a $4 million contract. He was set to go into his last year of arbitration after earning...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers close to deal with reliever Chris Perez

The Dodgers are closing in on a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Chris Perez, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. Financial terms of the prospective deal aren't known. Perez, 28, was an All-Star with the Cleveland Indians in 2011 and 2012 but was released Oct. 31...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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