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Chris Perez | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Dodgers signed RHP Chris Perez to a one-year, $2.25 million contract.
According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Perez can make up to $6 million or $8 million with incentives depending on his role. The Dodgers already have Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson ahead of him on the depth chart, so he's expected to serve in a set-up role in 2014. The 28-year-old posted a 4.33 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 54/21 K/BB ratio across 54 innings in 2013. Tue, Dec 24, 2013 02:49:00 PM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Chris Perez will receive a $2.25 million base salary in his one-year contract with the Dodgers.

There are also incentives that can bump the deal up to $6 million or possibly even $8 million if Perez winds up closing some games. Of course, with Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson already at the back end of the bullpen, there will need to be some injuries before he sees time in the ninth inning.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 08:16:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers have officially reached agreement on a one-year contract with free agent reliever Chris Perez.

Perez is taking his physical on Monday morning in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old right-hander has been a closer for the large majority of his career, boasting 132 major league saves, but he'll be more of a middle relief arm for the Dodgers behind closer Kenley Jansen and primary setup man Brian Wilson.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 11:20:00 AM

A source told Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times that the Dodgers and Chris Perez are close to a one-year deal.

It looks like Perez will take the guaranteed money rather than hoping that a team like the Astros or Orioles will step up with an offer that would keep him in the closer's role. On the Dodgers, he'll certainly be behind Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson in line for saves, and he's probably a worse bet than Chris Withrow.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 12:19:00 AM

Despite their deal with Grant Balfour falling through, MASN's Roch Kubatko says the Orioles aren't interested in Chris Perez for the team's closer role.

Kubatko also said the O's are likely to pursue Fernando Rodney or just find an in-house candidate to fill the position. Perez hasn't drawn a ton of interest this offseason after being cut loose by the Indians. The right-hander might have to settle for a middle relief job -- complete with a middle relief salary -- and hope to re-establish some value.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Some of the teams talking to Chris Perez are discussing him in a role other than closer, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer hears.

Perez has primarily served as closer in his six-year career, registering at least 23 saves in each of the last four seasons. But the 28-year-old struggled to a 4.33 ERA last season and was outright released by the Indians following the season. The Mets and Orioles are two teams who have been linked to Perez in recent days.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 07:06:00 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets are considering Chris Perez.

Perez would represent insurance for the ninth inning if Bobby Parnell's (neck) rehab doesn't go well. The former Indians reliever is meeting with clubs at the Winter Meetings in order to rehab an image that has taken some hits with off-the-field incidents. Perez shouldn't cost too much after posting a 4.33 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 54/21 K/BB ratio across 54 innings in 2013.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 08:05:00 PM

Chris Perez is on site at the Winter Meetings, having face-to-face discussions with interested teams.

It's a smart move for Perez, who had a number of off-field incidents in his final couple years with Cleveland. He was released in late October and is now trying to find a spot at the back end of a new bullpen. Perez, 28, posted a rough 4.33 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 54/21 K/BB ratio across 54 innings this past summer for the Indians.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 03:32:00 PM

Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles could be interested in free agent closer Chris Perez.

The O's have set to the open market in search of a closer after dealing Jim Johnson to the A's, and Perez can be added to a list of possible candidates that already includes John Axford. The 28-year-old struggled in his final season in Cleveland, posting a 4.33 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 54/21 K/BB ratio over 54 innings.
Source: Mlblogs.com
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 04:53:00 PM

Indians released RHP Chris Perez.

Perez was a non-tender candidate, so the Indians simply got the move out of the way early. The 28-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 4.33 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 54 innings this summer as Cleveland's primary closer and was busted in June for having a package of marijuana shipped to his house. He'll get another shot somewhere.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 02:24:00 PM

Chris Perez is on the Indians' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Rays.

The Indians will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players for the game. Perez was recently pulled from the closer role and Indians manager Terry Francona has indicated that he could use Justin Masterson as an alternative.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 10:51:00 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said he's undecided on who he will use in the postseason as his closer.

Chris Perez was pulled from the role last week and seems unlikely to get the job back during the playoffs. "We're not there yet," said Francona. "We'll see how things go." Matt Albers, Joe Smith and Justin Masterson were used in the ninth inning this past weekend, though they were all in non-save situations. Masterson would be an intriguing option, though it's possible he could eventually go back into the rotation. "Some of it probably depends on how stretched out he gets," Francona said of Masterson. "He's a good pitcher, so I'm not as worried about what his role going forward is. I just like the idea that he's a really good pitcher and we plan to use him."
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 10:58:00 PM

The Indians will use a closer-by-committee approach to finish the regular season.

Chris Perez has really struggled recently and the Indians aren't willing to take any chances with every game a must-win at this point. Joe Smith, Cody Allen, and Bryan Shaw could all be in the mix in the late innings.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Chris Perez was pulled from a non-save situation Thursday against the Twins.

Ouch. Perez entered the ninth inning with a five-run lead, so Indians manager Terry Francona mostly wanted to get him some work after his blown save on Tuesday, but he almost threw the game away before Joe Smith was able to put out the fire. He ended up being charged with four runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning and now owns a 4.33 ERA on the year. Francona may have no choice but to go in another direction in the ninth inning right now.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 12:26:00 AM

Chris Perez blew his fifth save of the season but escaped with a no-decision in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Perez allowed a game-tying homer to Dayan Viciedo to lead off the ninth before Alejandro De Aza put the Pale Hose up with another blast with two outs. After Alexei Ramirez singled, Perez was then pulled. Jason Giambi then bailed Perez out with a walk-off shot in the bottom of the frame. Indians manager Terry Francona isn't interested in changing roles at this point, so Perez will get the ball again for the next save chance.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 11:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Ellis
2Tim Federowicz
3Drew Butera
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Dee Gordon
2Justin Turner
SS1Hanley Ramirez
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Scott Van Slyke
3Chone Figgins
CF1Matt Kemp
2Andre Ethier
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Dan Haren
5Josh Beckett
6Paul Maholm
7Chad Billingsley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Brian Wilson
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Perez
5Chris Withrow
6Jamey Wright
7Brandon League
8Scott Elbert
9Onelki Garcia