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Oliver Perez | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/15/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 224
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / UDFA / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals signed LHP Oliver Perez to a two-year, $7 million contract.
The deal was reported a week ago and is now official after Perez passed a physical. Perez held a 4.14 ERA and 51/15 K/BB ratio over 41 innings in 2015, limiting left-handed batters to a .185/.235/.283 batting line. He should form a nice one-two punch with Felipe Rivero from the left side in the Nats' bullpen. Fri, Dec 11, 2015 10:47:00 AM

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Date:'s Jesse Sanchez reports that the Nationals have signed Oliver Perez to a two-year, $7 million contract.

Perez has been terrific against left-handed batters the last few years, this past season holding them to a .185/.235/.283 batting line. Right-handed hitters creamed him in 2015 (.310/.417/.465), so the southpaw should work almost exclusively in a specialist role.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:12:00 PM

Astros acquired LHP Oliver Perez from the Diamondbacks for LHP Junior Garcia.

Perez only has about $800,000 left on his contract, so it's somewhat surprising no NL team put a waiver claim on him before he could get to Houston. He had a 3.10 ERA and a 37/11 K/BB ratio in 29 innings over 48 appearances for Arizona this year. The Astros will give him a chance to claim Joe Thatcher's vacated role in their pen. If things work out, he could pitch in the postseason for just the second time in his career and first time since 2006.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 02:04:00 AM

The Astros have reportedly picked up left-hander Oliver Perez from the Diamondbacks for a player to be named.

Perez, who is finishing up a two-year, $4.2 million contract, has a 3.10 ERA in 29 innings and 48 appearances for the Diamondbacks this season. He's still striking out batters as often as ever, but it'll be interesting to see how his control holds up while pitching in big situations for the first time in years.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 01:06:00 AM

Oliver Perez has been shut down indefinitely with what the Diamondbacks are calling "a dead arm."

Perez has logged a career-high 65 appearances this season and admitted to some soreness after showing diminished velocity over the weekend, so the Diamondbacks are being cautious. He hasn't officially been shut down for the year yet.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 04:23:00 PM

Oliver Perez allowed a hit in a scoreless inning of work as the D'Backs fell to the Mariners 6-3 on Thursday.

Perez, recently signed by the D'Backs, says it won't take long for him to get back into game shape. If his Cactus League debut on Thursday is any indication, he's right. Perez reinvented himself as a reliever over the last two seasons with the Mariners and will try to repeat the performance in Arizona.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 07:03:00 PM

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Oliver Perez is on target to be ready for the team's season-opening games in Australia.

Perez didn't sign until March 10, but the left-hander said he would only need five innings to get his arm in game shape. That appears to be the case, which is good news for the Diamondbacks. Perez will come in handy during the two-game series on March 22 and 23, as the Dodgers are likely to feature left-handed hitters Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier in their opening lineup.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 09:44:00 PM

Oliver Perez thinks he'll need only five Cactus League innings in order to be ready for the start of the season.

The D'Backs start their season on March 22, but if Perez does indeed only need five innings, he should have time to get ready. The left-hander was officially signed on Monday and seems likely to appear in a Cactus League game later this week.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 11:42:00 PM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Oliver Perez to a two-year contract.

The financials haven't been released, but Perez is expected to receive around $4.5 million. The left-hander put up a 3.16 ERA and 98 strikeouts over 82 2/3 innings over the last year and a half with Seattle and will be one of the primary lefty setup men for the D'Backs.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 07:43:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks and left-handed reliever Oliver Perez have agreed to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 reports that the deal is worth $4.5 million. While his career flopped as a starter, the 32-year-old has reinvented himself as a quality left-handed reliever. He'll be yet another weapon in a deep Arizona bullpen.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 10:54:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Oliver Perez is close to signing a multi-year contract with the Diamondbacks.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says it's a two-year deal worth a shade over $4 million. It's a surprise Perez has been on the market this long given his 3.16 ERA and 98 strikeouts over 82 2/3 innings over the last year and a half, but it appears he's finally found a home. Rosenthal says the lefty only needs to complete a physical before the deal is official. The D'Backs bullpen was already pretty packed, so it will be interesting to see if this is a precursor to another move.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 04:16:00 PM

As recently as a week ago the Nationals still had interest in Oliver Perez, a source tells Bill Ladson of

The Nationals have been rumored to be interested in the southpaw for months and it appears some interest still exists, even with camp underway. Another source told Ladson the team's interest could hinge on whether lefty Ross Detwiler remains in the rotation. The team traded left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins to the Athletics during the offseason, so they'd have some use for the 32-year-old. Perez posted a 3.74 ERA and 74/26 K/BB ratio in 53 innings with the Mariners last season.
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 08:16:00 PM

The Nationals remain in on Oliver Perez, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

The Mariners, Perez' former team, and the Padres are also interested in the lefty reliever. He's drawing interest for good reason after posting a 3.74 ERA and 74/26 K/BB ratio in 53 innings this past season. He was even better against lefties in 2013, holding them to a .238/.358/.288 line.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have "significant interest" in Oliver Perez.

They've also expressed interest in Javier Lopez and Boone Logan and could go after Manny Parra and/or J.P. Howell as they attempt to re-stock their left-handed relief corps. Perez has remade himself into a nice reliever the last year and a half in Seattle, posting a 3.16 ERA with 98 strikeouts over 82 2/3 innings.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 02:01:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles and Braves "are among many teams" who have inquired about Mariners' reliever Oliver Perez.

Perez has found new life in the Mariners' bullpen, posting a 1.89 ERA and 46 strikeouts over 33 1/3 innings this season. While his velocity was lacking during his final days in New York, he's averaging close to 93 mph on his heater this year and his slider has returned as a legitimate weapon. Competing executives tell Heyman that he may come cheaper than White Sox left-hander Matt Thornton. We should also hear plenty of chatter about Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez in the coming weeks, though Heyman hears that the Mariners are reluctant to start selling off their veterans.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 01:40:00 PM

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3Felipe Rivero
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5Oliver Perez
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