Oliver Perez has his 3rd team in just 2 years as he signed a 2-year/$7 million contract with the Washington Nationals on Friday. Perez had a tough tenure with the Houston Astros during part of the 2015 season as he had a 6.75 ERA in 22 appearances. However, in the other 48 games last season with Arizona he had a 3.10 ERA. The Nationals are hoping that Perez can return to the reliever that he was from 2012-2014 with the Mariners and the Diamondbacks. Washington is hoping that Perez can be a setup man for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Perez is probably best suited to be a 7th inning man because of his inconsistencies at times. However, he has been a very reliable relief pitcher since he became a full-time reliever in 2010. I really like this signing by Washington and I’m sure that he can help a bullpen that struggled a lot last year.
Grade: B – Perez does have some inconsistencies, but he can really help the Nationals bullpen in a possible 7th inning role. Also, he is getting only $3.5 million per year so he is a cheap option for Washington and it allows for them to make bigger moves to improve their bullpen.