There’s probably more mileage left talking about this guy than there is in his left arm.
Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that “Yankees people” have discussed Oliver Perez as a cheap sign. Though, for what it’s worth, Heyman writes that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is “not enthused” about the idea. I’m almost rooting for this to happen, just to hear Cashman tells us how much he hates it.
The Mets released Perez earlier today and still owe him $12 million for this season, so any team could bring him aboard on the cheap. The Yankees are hurting for starting pitching, but opposed to Luis Castillo, Perez looks like a lost cause. No velocity, no control, no chance.
Heyman speculates that Arizona could be the best fit and it’s actually not a bad idea. Remember, Kevin Towers signed Perez to his first contract when he was general manager of the Padres.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.