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Oliver Perez | Relief Pitcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/15/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 218
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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. Mar 13 - 7:03 PM

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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.
Mar 12 - 9:44 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.
Mar 10 - 11:42 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.
Mar 10 - 7:43 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
Mar 7 - 10:54 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.
Mar 7 - 4:16 PM

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

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.
Feb 26 - 8:16 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

Oliver Perez struck out the side against the Reds on Friday for his second save of the season.

Tom Wilhelmsen was warming up in the bullpen in case Perez got into some trouble, but no help was needed. The rejuvenated southpaw now has a ridiculous 1.39 ERA and 46/14 K/BB ratio in 32 1/3 innings this season. The Mariners appear set on giving Wilhelmsen another shot in the closer role, so he remains the best bet to own in this bullpen moving forward.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 10:30:00 PM

Oliver Perez pitched a scoreless ninth in a 3-2 game for his first career save Friday against the A's.

Perez was manager Eric Wedge's choice for the ninth even though the A's had two righties up to start the inning. But there may have been a little strategy there, too; had Wedge gone to righty Carter Capps instead, Brandon Moss and John Jaso likely would have entered as pinch-hitters. Since Perez got the job done, allowing just a soft single in the process, consider him the short-term favorite for saves in Seattle's pen. Tom Wilhelmsen still figures to get a chance to reclaim the job within the next 7-14 days.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 01:15:00 AM

Oliver Perez took the loss in Saturday's game against the Indians after he allowed a run on two hits and a walk without recording an out.

Perez had been lights out prior to last night and this is the first update we've done on him in 2013. Such is life as a middle reliever. Those of us that snickered when Seattle signed Ollie in 2012 -- each and every one of us, in other words -- have been silenced. The formerly maligned left-hander from Mexico put up a 2.12 ERA in 2012 and currently sits at 1.62 in 2013. After years spent as an overpaid source of angst for Mets fans, Perez has proved a great bargain in the Northwest.
Sun, May 19, 2013 04:00:00 AM

Mariners re-signed LHP Oliver Perez to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

The deal also includes up to $600,000 in performance-based incentives. The 31-year-old left-hander was a pleasant surprise for the Mariners in 2012, posting a 2.12 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 24/10 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 10:07:00 PM

Mariners purchased the contract of LHP Oliver Perez from Triple-A Tacoma.

Welcome back to the show, Ollie! He hasn't appeared in a big league game since going 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA for the Mets in 2010. And he's struggled in a relief role at Triple-A this year, with a 4.65 ERA over 22 appearances. The Mariners aren't likely to trust him in high-leverage situations.
Sat, Jun 16, 2012 06:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Mark Trumbo
2Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Aaron Hill
SS1Chris Owings
2Didi Gregorius
3B1Jake Lamb
2Cliff Pennington
3Jordan Pacheco
LF1Cody Ross
2Xavier Paul
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Ender Inciarte
RF1David Peralta
2Alfredo Marte
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Wade Miley
2Bronson Arroyo
3Vidal Nuno
4Josh Collmenter
5Chase Anderson
6Trevor Cahill
7Daniel Hudson
8Patrick Corbin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Addison Reed
2Brad Ziegler
3Oliver Perez
4Randall Delgado
5Evan Marshall
6Eury de la Rosa
7Matt Stites
8Will Harris
9Matt Reynolds
10David Hernandez