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.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.