He pitched a simulated game with no apparent hitches, but it still kinda sounds like he’s throwing in the towel for 2009:
“I can promise you this. On Feb. 15 or whatever day it
is I report [for spring training], I’ll be in as good of shape as
anybody and be ready to pitch and expect nothing less than what I’ve
done in years, which is giving my team a chance to win and work 200
plus innings. That’s where I stand.”
The Sox really have no idea if Peavy can go for the rest of the season. If it were me, I’d let it slide at this point and do everything possible to ensure that he’s good to go on opening day 2010.
The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.
Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.
While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.