Schilling will not name the person who advised him to take PEDs

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Someone on Twitter asked Curt Schilling if he was going to identify the Red Sox employee who he claims advised him to take PEDs in 2008. His response:

 

Outing the person publicly probably would not. It would probably just create a firestorm. But then again, Schilling had no compunction about telling the story at all, so (a) he obviously thinks it’s significant; and (b) it’s thus understandable that people might want him to name some names.

Personally I agree that doing this publicly makes little sense. If a team employee is counseling players to take PEDs, the league should investigate. And Schilling, if he believes what he has said in the past about the importance of eradicating PEDs from the game, should cooperate.

I’ve placed a call to MLB to get comment about Schilling’s comments and to ask whether the league plans to look into this any further.  I have not yet heard back but I will update if and when I do.

Reds ink Oliver Perez to a minor-league deal

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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.