While looking over some of the league leaders just now I stumbled across this odd stat: Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson has an MLB-high five triples in 34 games. And he has zero doubles.
Not surprisingly all five of Hudson’s triples have come in spacious Petco Park, but here’s the weird thing: Last season, playing for the same team in the same home ballpark, Hudson hit 15 doubles and three triples in 119 games, including just one triple at Petco Park.
Even weirder, Hudson is 34 years old and has never reached double-digit triples in a season. He hasn’t had more than six triples in a season since 2007 and overall for his career Hudson had 253 doubles and 58 triples coming into this season.
And now apparently he’s simply decided to keep running when he gets to second base.
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.