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Odalis Perez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (40) / 6/11/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Odalis Perez is close to deal with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization.
He will earn a $300,000 with a chance for an additional $150,000 in performance-based incentives. The 32-year-old left-hander is headed to Japan on Friday for training. Perez hasn't pitched professionally since 2008 as a member of the Nationals. Wed, Jan 19, 2011 10:45:00 AM

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Odalis Perez said Tuesday that "nine or 10 teams" are interested in him and he expects to sign soon.

The journeyman lefty will pitch for the Dominican team in the WBC, which will give him an opportunity to show his wares as a possible fifth starter for pitching-needy teams.
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 07:22:00 PM

Nationals released LHP Odalis Perez.

Signed to a minor league contract two weeks ago, Perez decided he was upset about not getting a major league deal and has been holding out ever since. He didn't show up to Nationals camp by the mandatory reporting date and refused to return the team's calls, so they understandably decided to cut bait and move on. Look for Perez to wind up with another minor league deal, probably from a team less likely to hand him a rotation spot.
Mon, Feb 23, 2009 11:48:00 AM

Odalis Perez still hadn't showed up at Nationals camp as of Sunday, the mandatory date for players to report to spring training.

Perez, who is holding out for a better deal after signing a non-guaranteed minor league contract earlier this month, is not currently returning the Nationals' calls. "We're taking the position obviously that we have an agreement with the player and we're expecting the player to honor the agreement," GM Jim Bowden said. "But we'd like to talk to him first, so we're going to wait until he calls us back and then we'll address the other options at that point."
Sun, Feb 22, 2009 08:08:00 PM

Odalis Perez, who agreed to a minor league deal earlier this month to stay with the Nationals, won't report to camp unless he's given a better contract.

It's hard to blame Perez for not being thrilled about how the whole process went down this winter, but he's far from handling it correctly. "I thought it best and I prefer to sit in my house if the Nationals do not show more appreciation for my work," he said. "Appreciate my work means to increase the value of the contract and guarantee it. I will not accept any minor league contracts with no safeguards. I instructed my agent to report my position to the Nationals." Perez said he isn't talking with any other teams. Since he is technically under contract, even if he hasn't signed the agreement, no other teams are going to start talking to him.
Mon, Feb 16, 2009 05:15:00 PM

Nationals re-signed LHP Odalis Perez to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Perez was certainly expecting better after posting a 4.34 ERA in 159 2/3 innings for the Nationals last season. Tim Redding had a 4.95 ERA and a weaker strikeout-to-walk ratio for the very same club and was guaranteed $2.25 million by the Mets. Perez's return might mean that Collin Balester will head back to Triple-A for more seasoning. He'll have a good shot of rejoining a rotation also set to include Scott Olsen, John Lannan and Daniel Cabrera. Shawn Hill would also likely claim a spot if healthy.
Thu, Feb 5, 2009 09:28:00 PM

Agent Martin Arburua denied the ESPN Deportes report stating that the Nationals are working on a multiyear deal for Odalis Perez.

The Nationals also said there was no truth to the rumor, though Perez was quoted as saying a two- or three-year deal was being worked on. The denials also suggest that it was untrue that the Yankees and White Sox had made Perez offers.
Tue, Nov 25, 2008 12:59:00 PM

Although he has offers from the White Sox and Yankees, free agent Odalis Perez still expects to stay with the Nationals.

Perez said he's working on a two- or three-year deal with the Nats. If there is an actual offer from the Yankees, it probably wouldn't guarantee him a rotation spot. In Washington, he knows that he'll start one of the first couple of games of the season.
Mon, Nov 24, 2008 05:22:00 PM

Odalis Perez surrendered four runs -- three earned -- in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Phillies on Sunday.

Perez was facing nothing except backups, so it was a weak ending to the season for him. He went 7-12 with a respectable 4.34 ERA in 30 starts. That he posted his best strikeout rate in years (119 K's in 159 2/3 IP) means he'll be worth a spot in some team's rotation next year. The Nationals figure to make an attempt to re-sign him as a free agent.
Sun, Sep 28, 2008 04:59:00 PM

Odalis Perez struck out 11 Padres on Sunday but still took a loss after yielding three runs in six innings.

Perez walked just one and allowed five hits, but three of them came bunched in the first inning and one of the others was a solo home run. Despite a 7-11 record, Perez has improved and posted a 4.27 ERA in his first season in Washington.
Sun, Sep 21, 2008 05:10:00 PM

Odalis Perez pitched four-hit ball over 7 1/3 innings Tuesday as the Nationals beat the Mets 1-0.

A strong effort from Mike Pelfrey gets wasted. It was the first time all year that Perez went without allowing at least one run. He had been 1-1 with a 6.33 ERA in four starts versus the Mets.
Tue, Sep 16, 2008 10:09:00 PM

Odalis Perez suffered a cut on the back of his left thumb during Saturday's start against the Cubs.

It's unclear whether the injury or allowing five runs on 10 hits caused him to leave the game after just 4 1/3 innings.
Sat, Aug 23, 2008 03:06:00 PM

Odalis Perez worked six innings of two-run ball as the Nationals defeated the Rockies 6-3 in the second game of a double-header on Thursday.

It was the same outcome as the first match-up between the two teams earlier in the day. Perez allowed two hits and a walk while striking out one. He picked up a win in just two of his first 17 starts this season, but now has won three of his last four.
Thu, Aug 7, 2008 09:35:00 PM

Odalis Perez held the Reds to one run over seven-plus innings Friday as the Nationals picked up a 5-2 victory and snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Perez allowed just three hits while striking out five. It was his longest outing since August 11, 2005 and lowered his ERA to 4.16. He takes a 4-8 record into next week's matchup against the Rockies.
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 10:30:00 PM

Odalis Perez was ejected in the third inning of Tuesday night's game against the Diamondbacks for arguing a balk call.

Perez had allowed only one unearned run on one hit over his 2 2/3 innings of work, but ended up taking the weird loss as the D-Backs went on to win 2-0.
Tue, Jul 8, 2008 10:44:00 PM

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