Ollie throws four hitless frames in spring victory

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perez headshot.JPGMets left-hander Oliver Perez heaved four innings of hitless baseball during Sunday’s 9-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Tigers.  He desperately needed a strong outing after allowing seven hits and five runs in his spring debut, and manager Jerry Manuel acknowledged to the New York Post afterward that Perez is beginning to look a bit more locked-in.

“I see a better focus with Ollie,” Manuel said. “I see between starts
there is an effort, a conscious effort, what we’re seeing now with Ollie
is that Ollie has had some revelations of his own mechanics, and that’s
very important.”

Perez, 28, posted an ugly 6.82 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 14 starts last season for the Mets while battling a knee injury.  He’s been clocked in the 90-91 MPH range this spring.

Report: Yankees close to signing Gio González to minor league deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are close to signing starter Gio González. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal is of the minor league variety that will pay González $3 million if he makes the major league roster.

González, 33, made 27 starts for the Nationals before being sent to the Brewers ahead of the now-defunct August 31 waiver trade deadline. In aggregate, González went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA and a 148/80 K/BB ratio in 171 innings. He was solid in his five starts with the Brewers, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA.

Neither Luis Severino nor CC Sabathia will be ready for the start of the season, so González will add some immediate depth at the back of the Yankees’ rotation. Sabathia will likely return before Severino. When that happens, González may be pushed out of the rotation.