Just In Time For Christmas: Dusty, Nationals Receive Bullpen Help In Oliver Perez
Rick Chandler 06:09 pm, December 04th, 2015
The Nationals haven't announced it, but the Washington Post is reporting that the team has acquired left-handed reliever Oliver Perez from the Houston Astros, and have an agreement on a two-year, $7 million deal.
Perez, a 13-year veteran, is seen as the beginning of the Nationals' bullpen rebuilding project -- a big weakness last season and one reason Matt Williams is no longer the manager, and Dusty Baker now has the job. Perez has a low 90s fastball and posted a 4.17 ERA in 70 appearances this past season.
Perez came to Houston from the Diamondbacks in August of 2015, and struggled with the Astros, earning a 6.75 ERA in 22 appearances. But he held left-handed hitters to a .185 average. In 2014, he held right-handed hitters to a .185 average, so Baker hopes he can combine the two into a top reliever.
Busy day for pitcher signings: Mike Pelfrey to Tigers, Oliver Perez to Nats, John Lackey to Cubs.