Thursday, December 30, 2004

Marlins trying for Perez?

Bowden says that our pursuit of Odalis Perez is on life support. The news here is that his list of suitors grows... the Marlins may quietly have the inside track. Perez improves the Marlings far more than he would improve the Mets, who may still be in the running.

While we probably could have gotten Perez for $6.5M right about the time when Cropp put the team on hold, his price tag has probably gone up due to the competition, closer to the $8M range. Pay it, Jim!

On the plus side, the Post indicates that Bowden isn't likely to go after any of the remaining free agent pitchers out there. Considering they all either had a 5.00 ERA or above last year, or did not play at all, that's a good thing.


At 5:28 PM, Blogger tmk67 said...

I would have liked the Nats to have made a run at Wade Miller or Paul Byrd, both of whom were more reasonably priced than what the Nats offered Perez. Of the pitchers left available, Scott Schoenweiss is the most intriguing, if only because the Nats could swing him in and out of the bullpen if needed.

At 12:00 PM, Blogger John said...

With Schoenweis, I'm turned off by the career ERA over 5.0 and the fact that he's only got two seasons below a 4.5.

Most starting pitchers who don't make the rotation end up in the bullpen, so I don't see why that should be a big consideration. If we're going to take a chance on someone who had a horrible year last year, I'd probably look at Hideo Nomo, who was coming off injury, but prior to that had been looking good the last few years.

However, his performance last year was so horrible that it makes one wonder if he could ever get back to being some semblance of his former self.


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