Los Angeles Angels Rumors: Is Oliver Perez A Bullpen Option?

By Bob Garcia IV
Oliver Perez
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

With pitching being a priority this offseason, the Los Angeles Angels may look at reliever Oliver Perez as a potential addition to their bullpen.

The 32-year-old lefty is coming off a solid 2013 season where he had a 3-3 record with a 3.74 ERA, 74 strikeouts, eight holds and two saves in 53.0 innings pitched. Although his ERA was among the middle of a pack compared to other relievers in the majors, he did post four months where he pitched with a 2.35 ERA or lower.

It’s worth noting that he did struggle in the summer months through July and August, but wound up rebounding to finish strong, posting a 2.35 ERA through 7.2 innings in September.

The addition of Perez to the Halos’ bullpen would likely be as a supplementary arm as the team is expected rely heavily on Joe Smith, Dane De La Rosa, Sean Burnett and Kevin Jepsen to hold the fort in relief. With that said, this would allow Perez to come into his own with the Angels and pitch without any added pressure. This could lead to him recapturing his 2012 form where he posted a 2.12 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 29.1 innings pitched.

So if Los Angeles does indeed choose to go this route, it would be a step in the right direction to continue improving their pitching staff for the coming season.

Bob Garcia is a sports writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Bgarcia90. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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