Monday, July 22, 2013
Interest in Ollie
Relievers always are in high demand this time of year, so the Seattle Mariners could get some value in any deal for Oliver Perez.
The 31-year-old Perez has resurrected his career as a reliever in Seattle, posting a 1.98 ERA and a 12.4 strikeout-per-nine-inning ratio in 39 appearances for the Mariners this season. The Braves are a team that could use Perez, given their need for a lefty reliever with Eric O'Flaherty sidelined, says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
GM Jack Zduriencik recently told Jon Heyman that he was not shopping anyone, but that can easily change the closer we get to July 31.
The Orioles also have been linked to Perez and the San Francisco Giants might now have an interest following a groin injury to Jeremy Affeldt. That assumes that the Giants decide on being buyers and not sellers as the deadline approaches.