Mariners sign Oliver Perez to minor league contract

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From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have signed left-hander Oliver Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Yes, that Oliver Perez.

The 30-year-old former Met had a decent showing last year for the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate, posting a 3.09 ERA and 58/27 K/BB ratio across 75 2/3 innings. But he never made it up to the Triple-A level and was never seriously considered for a promotion to the majors despite the Nats’ many pitching failures.

Perez is highly doubtful to land himself a spot on Seattle’s Opening Day roster this spring.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.