Does Luis Perez Deserve Toronto Blue Jays' Closer Gig with Sergio Santos on DL?

Stephen BrownCorrespondent IIApril 23, 2012

DUNEDIN, FL - MARCH 02:  Luis Perez #47 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses for a portrait at Dunedin Stadium on March 2, 2012 in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The Associated Press reports Toronto Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos has been shut down due to right shoulder inflammation (via ESPN).

With Santos on the DL, Francisco Cordero—aka CoCo—has been anointed the Blue Jays' closer.

But does CoCo deserve to be the interim stopper? He does have 327 career saves, but at age 37 he does not have the same arsenal (5.4 K/9 in 2010 versus a career mark of 8.77) he once possessed.

This season CoCo has a 5.14 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. He also gave up a run yesterday when closing out the Kansas City Royals, and it could have been worse.

Is he the best fit for the job?

If not, Luis Perez might be.

Perez is one of only three relievers in the majors to have pitched 10-plus innings without giving up a run (for you trivia buffs, Aroldis Chapman and Duane Below are the other two).

I thought Perez pitched very well in the rotation last season and should have had a shot at being the fifth starter. That being said, he has proved to be very valuable in the 'pen.

So far this season he has 12 strikeouts in 10 innings (10.8 K/9), which gives him exactly double the K/9 rate of Cordero.

Perez recently turned 27 and is in the prime of his career.

If Perez became the closer, then Cordero could remain the setup man and newly promoted Evan Crawford could take Perez's gig as the long lefty in the 'pen. That would leave the bullpen as it was before Santos' injury.

Perez has definitely shown this season that he deserves the opportunity.

Farrell has already said that Cordero is the closer while Santos is on the DL but if he falters, I believe Perez should get a shot.

What do you think?


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