D-backs to host Hispanic Heritage Day on Saturday

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host Hispanic Heritage Day this Saturday, featuring a postgame concert by Mexican pop star Cristian Castro and a pregame APS Street Festival. The D-backs will also hand out 20,000 David Peralta Los D-backs T-shirts, courtesy of Gila River Casinos. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the APS Street Festival that features an APS Cool Zone, music...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

What The New York Mets Need To Accomplish In 2014

The New York Mets are on their way to missing the playoffs…again. In fact the last time the Mets were in the postseason (2006) Tom Glavine (recently inducted to the Baseball Hall Of Fame) was still pitching, Obama wouldn’t be the president of the United States for two more years, and we all thought Oliver Perez could be a promising starter for the Mets. So yea, it has been a...
Via Standing O Sports
August 10, 2014  |  3 Comments

D-backs' pen-manship gets high marks

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks received as many feelers on established relievers Addison Reed, Brad Ziegler and Oliver Perez before Thursday's nonwaiver trade deadline as they did on the players they traded, but that is as far as it got. And as far as it is likely to go. No reliever is untouchable, but the D-backs will consider trading from the group only if the other side is willing...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

D-Backs 7, Pirates 4

This is all that really needs to be said: Diamondbacks are going to win because of a 2-run error on a pitcher’s ground ball, a homer by Andy Marte, and a homer by Nick Ahmed. — Jim Rosati (@northsidenotch) August 1, 2014 Also, Oliver Perez got the win. Yes, that Oliver Perez. The 2-run error was a killer – bases loaded, 2 outs, pitcher up, and the dreaded ground ball to Pedro…and...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Looking for Relief Help

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly backed off their pursuit of a starting pitcher and are looking for relief help instead. Of course, there’s a good reason to take any statements about a team’s plans with a grain of salt at this time of year. However, the Dodgers would benefit more from adding a good reliever or two than from adding a big name in their rotation. As things...
Via Baseball News Source
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Rumors: Arizona shopping Gerardo Parra

The Arizona Diamondbacks figure to be very busy in trade discussions as the July 31 trade deadline draws closer. They are reportedly listening on Addison Reed, Aaron Hill, Martin Prado, Josh Collmenter, and Oliver Perez, as Rotoworld.com notes, but they are said to be shopping another one of their players.Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com was told by an MLB executive that the Diamondbacks...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking Down Dave Hudgens’ Bold Remarks

Less than a half hour after yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the Pirates, the Mets went ahead and fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens, and subsequently promoted Lamar Johnson to serve as the new hitting coach. I do not think a new hitting coach will solve the problem the Mets’ problems offensively, although I hope I am dead wrong. Later Hudgens spoke to the media after he had heard the...
Via The Daily Stache
May 27, 2014  |  1 Comment

Oliver Perez’s uniform a point of contention in Friday’s game against the Phillies

Clutching to a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning on Friday night against the Phillies, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson brought in lefty Oliver Perez as the Phillies were leading off with two lefties of their own in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Perez retired Utley on a weak fly ball to shallow left-center. Before Howard could settle into the batter’s box, Phillies manager...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mets Are Experiencing A Home Field Disadvantage

You don’t have to be a numbers-obsessed Mets fan like me to realize that the team has been playing pretty badly at Citi Field over the past few years.  But sometimes the numbers help to advance and enhance the narrative. For example, since the beginning of the 2011 campaign, the Mets have gone 105-145 in games played at Citi Field.  Meanwhile, over the same time period, the team...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tickets are Tree Fiddy, Yet The Mets get Shutdown by Lurch

Well the guy the Mets looked over this past off-season is currently leading the National League in ERA (0.70). While the remains of John Lannan had an eye popping ERA of 15.75. Should I care that 35-year-old Lurch is pitching the best he has since 2006? Probably not. What I do care about is that this Mets team just got one-hit by the Braves. I can’t stand the friends I...
Via Metstradamus
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs season preview: Will changes yield playoff spot?

Arizona Diamondbacks 2013: 81-81, second in the NL West Manager: Kirk Gibson (fourth season) Key additions: Mark Trumbo, Bronson Arroyo, Addison Reed, Oliver Perez Key losses: Adam Eaton, Heath Bell, Tyler Skaggs Offense: Paul Goldschmidt had the most productive offensive season (.302, 36 homers, 125 RBI) in the National League in 2013, finishing second in the MVP race. He...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Perez brings power to Diamondbacks' bullpen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Towers scouted Oliver Perez at 15, signed him for the Padres at 16, watched him throw seven shutout innings against the Diamondbacks in his seventh major league start in 2002 and was so taken by his conversion to the bullpen that he tried to get him from the Mariners at the 2013 trading deadline. Together again, Towers praised Perez's power arm and...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks sign Oliver Perez to two-year deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed left handed relief pitcher Oliver Perez to a two-year deal. Perez, 32, will receive $4.5 million over the course of the deal. He figures to occupy a spot a spot as one of the left handed options out of the bullpen for the Diamondbacks. Last season Perez pitched for the Seattle Mariners posting a 3.16 ERA and 98 strike outs over 82 2/3 innings of work.
Via Tireball.com
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Left-hander Ollie Perez agrees to 2-year D-Backs deal

Oliver Perez has agreed to a deal with the Diamondbacks, sources say. The deal will be for $4.5 million over two years. Perez resurrected his career in Seattle as a reliever after a tough time starting with the Mets following a $36 million, three-year deal. Perez will provide a needed lefty for Arizona's bullpen. Several other teams, mostly in the National League, expressed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks rumors: Oliver Perez signs two-year deal worth $4.25 Million

Earlier this week, Arizona Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson sounded off in frustration about the production his left-handed pitchers have given him over the last year. That sparked demand for additional power from the left side of the mound and that's exactly what General Manager Kevin Towers added when he signed Oliver Perez to a two-year deal early Friday evening.Perez, who...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks crowded bullpen has a new lefty

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with left-hander Oliver Perez on a two-year contract Friday, adding another left-hander to an already crowded bullpen, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported. Perez, 32, spent his first nine major league seasons primarily as a starter before being converted into a reliever in 2012, the first of two seasons in the Seattle bullpen. He was...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lefty Oliver Perez joins crowded D-backs bullpen

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with left-hander Oliver Perez on a two-year contract Friday, adding another left-hander to an already crowded bullpen, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported. Perez, 32, spent his first nine major league seasons primarily as a starter before being converted into a reliever in 2012, the first of two seasons in the Seattle bullpen. He was...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Oliver Perez yet to decide on team

Free agent relief pitcher Oliver Perez has reportedly draw interest from a number of teams as a left-handed option out of the bullpen. Coming off a solid season for the Seattle Mariners, Perez was reportedly deciding between four teams at this time last week. Nick Cafardo reported that a decision was expected soon. In 53 innings last season, Perez posted a 3.74 ERA and a 12.6 K...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Oliver Perez, Somehow A Potential Bargain

Oliver Perez has had a pretty fascinating career path, and while I hardly need to bring you through his entire history, it’d be remiss to start an article about him without at least touching on his backstory briefly. Drafted by the Padres, he was shipped to Pittsburgh in the Brian Giles trade, where he put […]
Via Fangraphs
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets’ Management Insults Fans’ Intelligence

The last couple of off-seasons, many of us have entertained the possibility that the Mets would be daring and take a shot, only to be disappointed on a year-to-year basis. The biggest signings of recent memory? Well, there’s Jason Bay, Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and more, but that certainly can’t be blamed on Sandy Alderson. Omar Minaya set us back, but he’s not the only person...
Via The Daily Stache
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitcher Oliver Perez on Nationals’ radar

The Washington Nationals are looking to bolster their bullpen this off season and another name from the free agent pool has drawn their interest. As reported by Adam Kilgore at washingtonpost.com, a person familiar with the Nationals’ situation says that the team is interested in left-handed relief pitcher Oliver Perez.  The veteran relief pitcher pitched for the Nationals’...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals have interest in Oliver Perez

Add another name to the list of left-handed relievers the Nationals are targeting. The Nationals, according a person familiar with the situation, have significant interest in Mariners free agent Oliver Perez, a 32-year-old whose resurrection as a reliever started when he pitched for Class AA Harrisburg in the Nationals’ system in 2011. With Seattle last season, Perez struck out...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Possible free agent options that can help the Indians bullpen

Entering the 2013 season, the bullpen looked to be an area of strength for Cleveland, with top set up men Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano, and closerChris Perez.  While Smith performed well all season, Pestano and Perez both struggled and the bullpen often times left fans clinging to the edges of their seats. With Smith entering free agency, Perez being released, and Pestano working...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Offseason Primer: Top 10 Free Agent Left-Handed Relievers

Welcome to TOC's offseason primers! We haven't officially reached the offseason yet, but it's never too early to look at the best players on the free agent market. Today, we take a look at the best free agent left-hander relief pitchers available. It may not be the sexiest segment of the free agent market, but in this era of bullpen specialization, left-handed relievers...
Via The Outside Corner
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

My top 5 2013 Seattle Mariners pet peeves

Can it get any worse? I’ve taken quite a few pot shots at the Seattle Mariners‘ brass this past week as the team wrapped up another abysmal season.  It occurs to me however, that there is plenty of blame to go around. While I’m sure Howard Lincoln is part of the problem, not the solution, let’s call all of Lincoln’s blunders #1 on my list of my Top 5 pet peeves from 2013...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
October 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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