With the Grant Balfour deal falling through, the Baltimore Orioles are still in the market for a closer.
Despite a drying market for closers, it’s not exactly shocking the Orioles lack interest in Perez given his recent legal issues and less than stellar stats last season. Add in a relatively hefty salary command and it’s understandable why Perez remains in the free agent pool while many of the top closers have already found a new home.
That said – despite the Orioles having no interest in Perez, there will be a team desperate for a reliever who throws some money at the 28-year-old fireman. Whether or not he’ll be closing however is a different story as his iffy numbers may force him into a middle relief role.