Dylan Hernandez, of the Los Angeles Times, revealed that the Los Angeles Dodgers were closing in on a deal with a veteran reliever to add to the already potent bullpen:
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 23, 2013
There are a few positives to consider in this deal including the fact that the organization snagged a relatively young, but seasoned reliever with what will likely be a short and cheap deal. Further, as a two-time All-Star, Chris Perez has proved himself to be a decent performer in the past. Finally, as the former closer for the Cleveland Indians, Perez is comfortable in late-game situations, right where the Dodgers will want him to pitch. Perez would be a welcomed addition to the end of the bullpen as his hard-throwing left arm will be a nice complement to Brian Wilson’s right arm.
Nevertheless, there are certainly plenty of downsides to this rumored deal. Despite being an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, Perez’s numbers were never really spectacular in those two seasons. Most of his notoriety came from his 2010 campaign in which he finished the season with a 1.71 ERA and 23 saves, but that year was by far an outlier in his statistics. Since then, Perez has yet to finish a season with an ERA below 3.32 and his 4.33 performance in 2013 should have Dodgers fans worried. The only regularly used reliever on the Dodgers’ bullpen in 2013 that had a higher ERA on the season than Perez was Brandon League, making it hard to see how this is much of an improvement.
More than that, Perez has showed a lack of intelligence in the past as he was caught ordering marijuana in the mail while addressing it to his dog. Really, dude?
Finally, signing Perez takes a roster spot away from young talent like Jose Dominguez who would otherwise be more likely to get called up for some good Major League experience. The Dodgers seem to be finalizing this deal, but whether or not it will work out for the club is yet to be seen. With his previous track record of sub-par performances and stupid decisions, Perez could very well be a flop in Los Angeles.