MLB rumors: Washington Nationals have significant interest in Oliver Perez, Javier Lopez

Sep 2, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Oliver Perez (59) delivers a pitch in the seventh inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals are hoping to secure the back end of their bullpen and are hoping to find a left handed arm to do so.

One such name on the market is Oliver Perez, who the Washington Nationals are showing ‘significant interest’ in according to the Washington Post:

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.

Perez, a former starter who struggled and was sent to the bullpen is coming off two consecutive solid seasons with the Seattle Mariners and figures to come relatively cheaply.

Of course, with a career 4.53 ERA, there’s a reason he could come for a bargain price though the Nationals obviously don’t feel a short contract with limited guaranteed money is all that big of a risk, especially if Perez can replicate his previous two seasons.

The Nationals are also reportedly interested in Boone Logan and Javier Lopez, though each of them are expected to draw more interest and a bigger contract than Perez.

Topics: Javier Lopez, Oliver Perez, Washington Nationals

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