In a column of “New Year’s Wishes” for baseball fans, Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reports that David Cone is out as a color commentator at the YES Network after “a heated disagreement” with network executives. A spokesman for YES confirmed his exit, saying:
“David’s contract is up. We’d love to have him back, but he’s in the
process of evaluating his various options. … He may not be back based
on what he decides.”
It would end his second stint with YES, as Cone attempted a comeback
with the Mets in 2003. It’s a big blow for YES, as Coney has really
grown as a color man in a short amount of time. In short, he made the booth almost tolerable. I’m gonna guess he ends
up at MLB Network in some capacity.
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.