Odalis Perez to Dodgers

Dave · January 4, 2005 at 4:21 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

I know everyone was on the Perez bandwagon, and I expect a lot of handwringing from people upset that we didn’t get him. However, 3 years, $24 million isn’t the bargain folks were hoping for, and I’m still concerned about Perez’s mechanics and durability. I wouldn’t have matched this offer either, and with LA going to $24 million, it’s likely it would have taken the M’s 3/$27 million to get him signed. They weren’t willing to go that high on Freddy Garcia, wisely I believe, and Garcia is a better pitcher.

It’s too much for Perez for this organization. If we were one arm away from contending, it’s a risk worth considering, but not for a team that still has a lot of question marks. They can find a suitable pitcher without throwing that much money at him.


108 Responses to “Odalis Perez to Dodgers”

  1. RealRhino on January 6th, 2005 10:27 am

    #98. Well, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Bulldog out there for the M’s, either. But, having said that, I see Hendrickson as worse than our current starters or essentially redundant. First, I don’t think you can compare him to guys on the way out like Moyer. Pineiro was better. So it’s between Hendrickson, Meche and Franklin, I guess. Hendrickson had the worst ERA+ of any of the three last year. He strikes out only 4.7/9, so his long-term outlook for success isn’t good. He might do okay, but I wouldn’t bet on it. And both Franklin and Meche suffered from abnormally high HR rates last year, which isn’t likely to repeat. Maybe I like him better than Franklin, but he’s already free (on the roster), so I certainly wouldn’t give up something for Hendrickson. That’s just me.

  2. Josh on January 6th, 2005 10:41 am

    Swing and a Miss yea you are right. I should have looked up his stats from the last couple of years before making that statement. I wasn’t seeing him as a number 1 but…

    2002 ATL 35 34 18 8 0 1 1 217.0 186 83 78 16 65 178 3.24 1.16 .230
    2003 PHI 35 35 14 12 0 5 3 222.0 210 103 99 19 68 169 4.01 1.25 .250
    2004 PHI 25 25 9 6 0 0 0 141.0 155 81 76 14 51 125 4.85 1.46 .278

    Hopefully that turns out to look decent when I push the post button. ERA increasing, K rate dropping, WHIP steadily going up. I don’t like the looks of that at all.

  3. Josh on January 6th, 2005 10:44 am

    One more time with headers…

    2002 ATL 35 34 18 8 0 1 1 217.0 186 83 78 16 65 178 3.24 1.16 .230
    2003 PHI 35 35 14 12 0 5 3 222.0 210 103 99 19 68 169 4.01 1.25 .250
    2004 PHI 25 25 9 6 0 0 0 141.0 155 81 76 14 51 125 4.85 1.46 .278

  4. Mustard on January 6th, 2005 11:11 am

    There is no reason why the M’s can’t try to sign Batista from the Jays. Of course we would have to give up some talent, but Richardi is a MoneyBall GM. Give him walks, and OPS etc. and a trade will be done. I mean Batista is still set to be the closer on the Jays right now, and you know he wants back into the rotation. Richardi will just turn someone else into a closer and save money on Batista.

  5. Mustard on January 6th, 2005 11:12 am

    Sorry, this would be a trade…not a signing

  6. Swing and A MIss on January 6th, 2005 11:36 am

    Josh @ 102: I am from the south originally. I saw Millwood a lot back earlier in his career. He threw hard, but was all over the place. Leo fixed him, but Kevin is one of those that must be a hard head, because he seems to go back to old habits very easily. That is one of the reasons I think he has suffered away from Leo who kicks butt. I am very interested to see how Wright holds up with the Yanks. When SD released him he had an ERA over 7.70. Leo worked with him a while, they pitched him a few innings at the end of the season and he had a very low ERA with them. Then the great year last year. It will be interesting to see how he does with Mel. Millwood might pitch well in Safeco, a new league. Larger park would certainly keep the ball in the park a little better. That new Phillies stadium was made for dingers as they have a dingers built team. He would fit ok behind Joel, Jamie, Meche, etc. I still hope Gil comes back. I think all the innings he threw two seasons ago hurt him this past year. I think his arm was just totally tired from the 2003 season after not pitching much for so long. If he bounces back this year, I think that will show that he has to be held to a pitch and innnings count to protect his arm from an early season innings build up.

  7. dMIKE on January 6th, 2005 2:59 pm

    Now that Perez is off the table and the remaining FA SP’s are mediocre at best – what realistic trades are available for a possible SP? Would the M’s be interested in an Austin Kearns trade, giving up a SP+ in exchange? Are the M’s done until Spring Training reshaping the club? I’d like to hear some REALISTIC assessment of where the club is headed. Thanks

  8. Josh on January 7th, 2005 11:27 am

    RE 107, the only thing anyone really knows is that Bavasi has said they are looking to bring in a SS to backup Pokey. He also said not to expect anything blockbuster. No one can say for sure though what the team is going to do. This is probably pretty close to the team that will be heading to spring training, minus a minor signing.

    Whether Millwood would be good or not in Seattle (and the recent decline in stats points towards not) isn’t really important now with it looking like he is headed towards Cle at 7 million for 1 year.