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2013 Team: Cleveland Indians
2013 Stats: 54 GP, 54.0 IP, 25 SV, 5 BLSV, 4.33 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, -0.3 WAR
Availability Status: Free Agent
Why There's Interest in Him
To be brutally honest, there isn't a ton of interest in two-time All-Star Chris Perez.
While he had an incredible 2010 campaign (1.71 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 23 saves, nine holds, 2.5 WAR) that he followed up with back-to-back All-Star appearances in 2011 and 2012, teams quickly forgot that he used to be a great closer—or maybe they just never cared.
The Indians were certainly willing to shop Perez this past offseason, as Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer wrote. However, they found the trade market to be "iffy" and decided to hang on to him.
That turned out to be a mistake, as Perez turned in the worst season of his career in 2013, setting new career lows in ERA, WHIP and WAR.
While Perez was once dominant and looked better after his velocity began to come back late in the year, teams wont' likely forget his recent struggles any time soon.
Who's After Him
If the trade market was iffy in 2012, it's almost almost nonexistent in 2013.
The Indians knew that they wouldn't be able to deal Perez away, which explains why they released him in late October.
Perez will likely be a late signee to a team that missed out on its other opportunities during the offseason.
This is all speculation (since no substantial rumors are spreading), but for now, it's the best we can do.
Predicted Landing Spot: San Francisco Giants
Again, this is all speculation at this point, but Perez seems to be a good fit with the Giants.
San Francisco already has a bloated payroll after signing Tim Lincecum to a two-year, $35 million contract, but the team needs to find a way to fill out its bullpen.
Teams aren't chomping at the bit to sign Perez, so he should be available for a while. He'll also likely come pretty cheap once the 2014 season draws closer and he still hasn't signed.
If the Giants see Perez available late in the offseason, they may attempt to sign him to a short-term, low-cost deal.