Chris Perez has struggled mightily out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season and now he’s headed to the disabled list with bone spurs in his right ankle.
Perez told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he’s been pitching through pain in his ankle for a couple of months, but legitimate injury or not, the Dodgers couldn’t keep running him out there. Signed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract over the winter, the 29-year-old has an ugly 5.03 ERA and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings this season. This includes six walks and just one strikeout over his last five appearances.
The Dodgers have called up right-hander Carlos Frias from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Perez’s spot on the active roster. The 24-year-old has posted a 4.58 ERA and 79/30 K/BB ratio in 123 2/3 innings over 20 starts and one relief appearance this season between Double- and Triple-A. Dan Haren has been awful of late, so Frias is a possibility to take his spot in the rotation on Wednesday against the Angels.
The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.
Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.
It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.
Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.