Perez, 31, would likely have attracted considerable attention on the free agent market, given his returned velocity, which we wrote about back in September. He posted a 2.12 ERA in 33 relief outings for the Mariners last season in a comeback off the scrap heap.
I have a hard time thinking of Ollie as a potentially valuable reliever after watching him struggle with walks and home runs during his final years in New York. And the one time I saw him pitch this year, he didn’t manage to retire any of the left-handed batters that he faced. But hey, small sample sizes.
Best of luck to Ollie, and best of luck to the Seattle Mariners – I just would have thought a 75-87 team would want to give younger players a chance.
I went to the Mariners vs. Yankees game with a friend last night. For a little while, I wondered if I’d get to see C.C. Sabathia pitch a no-hitter. After Casper Wells hit a home run, I wondered for a while if I was watching s bizarre one-hitters. It turned out that C.C. was just pitching a complete game victory.
A 21-year-old rookie named Carter Capps made his major league debut for the Mariners and was throwing 100 mph fastballs. And after 12 years, I finally saw future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki play in person.
But the on-field highlight of the night? Watching Ollie Perez come in out of the bullpen to face Robinson Cano, Mark Texieira, Raul Ibanez and Nick Swisher. After all the times I got stuck watching him pitch (terribly) for the Mets in 2009 and 2010, it was fitting to see he’s still the same old Ollie in a new jersey.