Remember that story yesterday about how the Maryland state troopers assigned to the Yankees dugout at Camden Yards ruffled some feathers by asking Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher for autographs in the middle of the ninth inning?
Maryland State Police spokesperson Greg Shipley said they’re investigating the claims and have “reacted as if it did happen.”
What does that mean, exactly? Kevin Recter of the Baltimore Sun reports that “the MSP’s field operations bureau chief was at Monday night’s game to remind troopers of their duties and to oversee their actions.”
Shipley also said: “We expect the troopers to be there for the reason they are there, and to act professionally. We regret any inconvenience this has caused the Orioles.”
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.