He’s still out there. I’m just sayin’.
Seriously, I like this guy. Left-handed, just 27, very low walk rates, and he’s been pretty durable the past three seasons since getting a full-time starter gig (32, 30 and 31 starts per year). His strikeout rate took a dip last year, but the rest of his numbers were still solid across the board. VORP pegged him as the 18th best pitcher in baseball last season; the only free agents ahead of him were Carl Pavano, Pedro Martinez and a guy named Clemens.
He’s younger than Pavano and has been a better pitcher longer. The only difference is that Pavano sports a nice 18-8 record from last season, while Perez was a mere 7-6; their other numbers were pretty darned similar. With Moyer a FA after next season — and perhaps done as pitcher, anyway — it’d sure be nice to have Perez under contract the next three or four years as the rotation’s southpaw.
You can choose how much you believe this or not, but ESPN.com’s rumors suggest he’ll be in the market for a three-year deal worth between $6-7M per season. That seems plenty fair to me.