Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Free agent Odalis Perez is mulling over two offers, one from the Nationals and one from the Red Sox. Perez, 30, was 8-11 with a 5.57 ERA in 26 starts last season for the Royals, but is 66-70 with a 4.47 ERA in his career. It seems hard to turn down a deal from the Red Sox right now, but if the Nationals are offering a spot in their rotation while Perez might not make the squad in Boston, I'm sure he would go to D.C. Also, you are joining a team with a new stadium and the potential to win some games in the NL East this year, so this definitely is a tough decision. Perez has seen success in the National League so I would suggest him moving to the NL, but he may have personal reasons we are all unaware of. Also, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is known for his ability to work with lefties, and it has shown with Hideki Okajima. We'll see, but I expect an announcement very soon.