Wow. This is good for the team, and as far as I'm concerned in a fair world Perez would start the spring as no less than the #2 man in the rotation. But how on earth does a 32-year-old pitcher coming off a season of 160 innings and 4.34 ERA get a minor league deal?
I'm sorry, this just doesn't make any sense. I understand the market is down, but if there isn't collusion happening, then I'm the man on the moon.
Look at how starting pitchers were valued last year. Josh Fogg got a major league deal. Shawn Chacon. Matt Clement. Mark Redman. Mark Hendrickson. Fangraphs estimates the value of Perez's 2008 performance at $6.6 million.
This is just a crazy, crazy market. But I'm glad Odalis is back. I look forward to him unseating Scott Olsen from the rotation.