Indians closer Chris Perez has a reputation for being a colorful, say-anything-at-any-time kind of guy. But you know what? Even though that wears well enough on a winning team, it wears awfully on a losing team. Just take his post game interview from yesterday:
Reporter: How have you managed to stay sharp between save opportunities?
Perez: “I’ve had a lot of practice this year …
… Reporter: What’s been your routine because you wouldn’t expect to go six, seven or eight games between save opportunities?
Perez: “Have you watched us this year? We haven’t been in seven or eight games in a row.”
Truth? Sure. But when a closer talks about his team not being in games so that he hasn’t had save opportunities, I can’t imagine his teammates appreciate it.
And keep in mind: this is a Chris Perez who has decided not to say much to the media as the season ends due to some other recent controversial comments. Indeed, he ended this interview by saying “It will be a fun last couple of days of the season when I’m allowed to talk again.”
I imagine his teammates figure he already talks too much.
Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures.
Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals earlier this year.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports, citing a source as well as Nikkan Sports, that reliever Koji Uehara is close to signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Uehara, 41, finished the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. When Uehara returned from the disabled list on September 7, he tossed 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks through the end of the regular season. So there’s at least some evidence, albeit in a very small sample size, that Uehara has stuff left in the tank.
The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals. Uehara would join Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., Justin Grimm, and Mike Montgomery in what is once again a very deep bullpen.