Seriously, What The Hell Happened to Odalis Perez?

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IMay 18, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 15:  Odalis Perez #45 of the Washington Nationals deals a pitch against the New York Mets on April 15, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The players and coaches of both teams are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By now, we all know what happened with Odalis Perez and the Nationals this offseason(if you need a refresher, click here).

But what I cannot figure out is what happened to Odalis Perez. Here is a guy who went 7-12 with a 4.34 ERA with the last-place Washington Nationals last season—numbers that should have him pitching in the majors this season.

But for some reason, no one has taken a chance on Perez.

Well, that's not entirely true. As I mentioned before, the Nationals did sign Perez to a minor league contract in February, but Perez refused to report to camp because he thought that he could do better.

Are teams trying to make a statement against Perez that going against contracts (including minor league deals) is not acceptable and therefore, no one has seriously looked to sign him? It is doubtful, but cannot be ruled out.

Did Perez's antics with the Nationals scare off potential suitors? Perhaps.

Or maybe, teams are wary of giving Perez a major league contract even though his performance last season was certainly worthy of an offer. Likely.

I don't know what's going on, but since the WBC began, I have not heard anything on the Perez front. Shouldn't the Indians, White Sox, or Astros at least take a look at Perez?

All I know is that if Livan Hernandez, Sidney Ponson, Russ Ortiz, Adam Eaton, and Mike Hampton can find work, then there is no reason why Odalis Perez should not at least get the opportunity to strut his stuff with another team, even if he is nothing more than a fourth starter.

And who knows, maybe in a month or two Perez will have a job , making an impact for a team down the stretch. But for now, the lack of information (or even whispers) is strange, don't cha think?


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