Left-hander Martin Perez has accepted the $19.65MM qualifying provide that was prolonged to him by the Rangers, his agent Gustavo Marcano of Octagon confirmed to Efraín Zavarce of IVC Networks. Pérez was one among 14 gamers to obtain a QO, with the deadline for a call being 3pm Central at present.
Pérez, 32, was as soon as a highly-touted prospect with Texas, thought-about one of many high 100 kids within the sport by Baseball America 5 years working from 2009 to 2013. It was the final of these 5 years that he seemingly arrived on the main league stage, posting a 3.62 ERA over 20 begins and 124 1/3 innings.
However, since then, he struggled to reside as much as his potential, persevering with to get alternatives however serving as extra of a back-end innings-eater kind. In the eight seasons from 2014 to 2021, his ERA was by no means decrease than 4.38, a stretch that included some modest free agent contracts, all for only a single 12 months. For 2019, he signed with the Twins for $4MM, adopted by becoming a member of the Red Sox for $6MM in 2020 and re-signing with Boston for $4.5MM in 2021.
That sample adopted into 2022, with Pérez returning to the Rangers on a one-year, $4MM deal. Since the membership was handing out mega offers to the likes of Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, the Pérez transfer was largely left within the shadows. However, he emerged into the highlight by having the very best season of his profession on the age of 31. He made 32 begins and tossed 196 1/3 innings whereas posting a 2.89 ERA.
His 20.6% strikeout charge was a profession excessive however solely by a hair, and it was nonetheless under the league common. He largely excelled by preserving the ball on the bottom and within the park. His 51.4% floor ball charge was about eight factors higher than final 12 months and his highest since 2016. His 6.5% HR/FB charge was nearly 1o factors higher than final 12 months and the very best of his profession in a full season’s work.
Advanced metrics are considerably skeptical that 2.89 ERA was earned or is sustainable, since all of them pegged him to be a bit worse. However, his 3.27 FIP, 3.59 xERA and 4.08 SIERA are nonetheless stable numbers and an amazing match for a Rangers rotation that has lacked stability for fairly a while.
As the 2022 season was winding down, studies emerged that there was mutual curiosity in a reunion between Pérez and the Rangers. They had been apparently discussing multi-year offers not too long ago, presumably with decrease annual salaries, however could not get something executed previous to final week’s QO provide deadline. The membership determined he was price this 12 months’s $19.65MM QO price ticket and prolonged it final week. That would have entitled them to draft decide compensation if the southpaw had signed elsewhere, however that is a moot level now that he is returned. It’s nonetheless doable a multi-year association may very well be labored out, with that new deal changing the QO. Such a situation performed out three years in the past when Jose Abreu accepted a $17.8MM QO however then subsequently agreed to a three-year $50MM extension. But for now, Pérez has assured himself a pleasant payday that is nearly 5 instances what he made in 2021.
With Pérez now formally again for 2023, the Rangers’ rotation seems to be stronger than it did just some days in the past, because the membership additionally acquired Jake Odorizzi in a commerce with Atlanta final week. Those two ought to be slotted subsequent to Jon Gray for subsequent 12 months. Dan Dunning may very well be a candidate for the again finish if he recovers from hip surgical procedure in time for the beginning of the season. That offers them an honest group however one that’s missing in front-of-the-rotation potential. The membership appears to pay attention to that, nevertheless, as normal supervisor Chris Young is contemplating a run at a number of the high free agent beginning pitchers with a view to add an ace into the combo.
Whether they’ll do that can seemingly depend on the payroll, with Pérez now including $19.65MM to the ledger. That places them round $141MM in spending for subsequent 12 months, within the estimation of Roster Resource. That principally places them even with final 12 months’s Opening Day determine, per Cot’s Baseball Contracts, though Young has already indicated that payroll will go up and so they have been as excessive as $165MM prior to now. If the rotation can transfer from a weak spot to a power subsequent 12 months, it may assist the membership see higher outcomes than their 68-94 report in 2022.
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