Oliver Perez pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in August (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Here’s something I didn’t expect to see: the Seattle Mariners have re-signed Oliver Perez to a one-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $1.5 million guaranteed, plus an additional $600,000 in performance bonuses.

Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times writes:

Perez, 31, would likely have attracted considerable attention on the free agent market, given his returned velocity, which we wrote about back in September. He posted a 2.12 ERA in 33 relief outings for the Mariners last season in a comeback off the scrap heap.

I have a hard time thinking of Ollie as a potentially valuable reliever after watching him struggle with walks and home runs during his final years in New York. And the one time I saw him pitch this year, he didn’t manage to retire any of the left-handed batters that he faced. But hey, small sample sizes.

Best of luck to Ollie, and best of luck to the Seattle Mariners – I just would have thought a 75-87 team would want to give younger players a chance.

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3 responses

  1. MJ says:

    Ollie’s left-handed. So long as that fact remains true, he’ll have work as long as he wants it and pretty much wherever he wants it. That’s just baseball.

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  2. markruck says:

    It’s amazing that this guy can continue to get a major league paycheck. But, as MJ said, there must be something about lefties.

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  3. Freddy says:

    Orosco pitched until he was almost 50. So did Moyer.

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