Don’t look now, but somehow there is a left-handed power arm who is still available as a free agent.
You would presume that every team in the league could benefit from the addition of a left-handed reliever who can miss bats, yet Oliver Perez remains unsigned and on the market.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes the following update on Perez’s market this morning:
There were four teams who were on the verge of signing him two weeks ago, but nothing has transpired. The Yankees, who are relying on Matt Thornton as their main lefthander out of the pen, or the Nationals, could surely use Perez.
The interesting thing is that Perez was reportedly close to signing with a team two weeks ago, yet something continues to hold up that process. Whether it is waning interest from teams or just a thorough process from Perez (3.74 ERA, 12.6 K/9 last season) is unknown.
With two presumed playoff contending teams expressing interest, Perez could end up being one of the strong signings of the off-season. Other left-handed relieves got snagged up early and paid handsomely, so one wonders if it is Perez’s struggles in seasons prior to 2013 that are causing teams to pause. Whatever the case, he should be a good weapon for whichever team eventually lands him.