I usually wait for the blogs to start updating before I’ll write a “What they’re saying about . . .” post, but this Milton Bradley business has brought out everyone’s inner-Henny Youngman, and the one-liners are flying. A sampling:
Jesse Spector: “Cubs getting rid of a guy because he’s a pain in the ass. Mariners getting rid of a guy because he sucks. Advantage, M’s.”
Mike Meech: “When Milton Bradley “accidentally” stabs Felix Hernandez in abdomen, youse aren’t gonna think this Jack Z. fella is so smart.“
Dave Brown: “Carlos Silva for
Milton Bradley might be the global thermonuclear war of trades. There
are only survivors. And the dead are to envied.“
Jonah Keri: “M’s unloaded the bloated, $25 mil corpse of Carlos Silva in Bradley trade. I’d acquire Stalin if it meant ditching Silva.”
Bob Elliott: “Jack Z was having such a great walking-on-water winter … and then he ventured into the risky, thin ice section of the FA lake”
Jonah Keri again: “Jack Z is Seattle’s most fruitful commodity since Shawn Kemp.“
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Twins have picked up free agent left-hander Martín Pérez on a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be announced, but it looks like a club option is included for the 2020 season. The Twins have not officially confirmed the signing.
Pérez, 27, missed 85 days of the Rangers’ 2018 campaign after undergoing elbow surgery on his non-throwing arm. He sustained the injury partway through the 2017 offseason; as the story goes, he was charged by a bull at his ranch in Venezuela and fell on his right arm as he was trying to get out of the animal’s path. (He later killed and ate said bull.) When he finally returned to the mound, he cobbled together a 2-7 record in 15 starts with a 6.22 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 5.5 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR through 85 1/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.
As they approach the start of the 2019 season, the Twins will be looking for something a little more, well, bullish from Pérez. Prior to his injury, he turned in two solid seasons with the Rangers in 2016 and 2017, nearing the 200-inning threshold in both campaigns and providing a combined value of 4.2 fWAR at a time when Texas’ starters collectively ranked sixth-worst in the league.