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Oliver Perez | Relief Pitcher | #31

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/15/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 223
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / UDFA / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Reds signed LHP Oliver Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The 36-year-old left-hander struggled in 2017, posting a 4.64 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 39/12 K/BB ratio across 33 innings of work. With a strong showing in the spring, he should be able to secure a spot in the Reds' Opening Day bullpen. Feb 24 - 11:00 AM

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Oliver Perez struck out Yasmani Grandal for his third career save Monday against the Dodgers.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker picked Matt Albers for the ninth tonight after Koda Glover's hideous Sunday, but the change was made to Perez after Cody Bellinger doubled with two outs. Perez's previous saves both came in 2013 with the Mariners. He's pitched just 10 2/3 innings this season, giving up six runs as a rather seldom-used specialist.
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 01:52:00 AM

Oliver Perez (back) allowed a run on two hits and a walk Tuesday in his return to action.

Perez had been unavailable for a handful of days due to tightness in his back. The veteran lefty has struggled mightily in August and now has a 5.71 ERA for the year.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 08:36:00 AM

Oliver Perez has been unavailable the past couple of days due to tightness in his back.

The Nationals hope that he's ready to return to action on Monday, but if he isn't he could necessitate a trip to the disabled list to get a fresh arm in there. The 35-year-old southpaw has been a major disappointment this season, registering a 5.61 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 38/18 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 07:12:00 PM

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'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

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