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Dodgers closing on ex-Cleveland reliever Perez

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07:42 AM ET 12.23 | Former All-Star closer Chris Perez will, apparently, have a new city to criticize. The Dodgers are closing in on a one-year contract with [Perez], according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. Financial terms of the prospective deal aren't known. Perez, 28, was an All-Star with the Cleveland Indians in 2011 and 2012 but was released Oct. 31. Perez was arrested on marijuana charges this year and lost his job as the Indians' closer. Armed with a fastball routinely clocked in the mid- to high 90s, Perez figures to be a late-inning reinforcement in a bullpen that includes closer Kenley Jansen and setup man Brian Wilson. From Perez's perspective, the short-term deal will allow him to reestablish his value.

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December 23, 2013  09:08 AM ET

I believe Perez you have already seem what your real value is with no other takers and having to sign with the Dodgers at their price.

December 23, 2013  09:47 AM ET

I hope they pull it off.. With Wilson and Jansen, you would have the 7-9th pretty well wrapped up and any one of the three can close... if that offense is healthy, the Dodgers will be very difficult to beat on any given day... Kershaw could win 30 games...

December 23, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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Why? It seems LA has plenty of relief options already.And if you're Perez, shouldn't you try to latch on with a team that has more needs, and would probably pay a little more, such as Baltimore?

Maybe the O's had no interest in Perez. Also, he could be insurance in the event Wilson needs to cool down that oft-injured elbow of his.

December 23, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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I hope they pull it off.. With Wilson and Jansen, you would have the 7-9th pretty well wrapped up and any one of the three can close... if that offense is healthy, the Dodgers will be very difficult to beat on any given day... Kershaw could win 30 games...

Nobody is ever going to win 30 games again. They only get 32 starts as it is and with the increasing dependence on the relief corps to close out games.....25 is the new 30.

December 23, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why? It seems LA has plenty of relief options already.And if you're Perez, shouldn't you try to latch on with a team that has more needs, and would probably pay a little more, such as Baltimore?

baltimore has too many issues with the closers lately,and who knows what else they are going to
complain about??cuz Balfour was pitching great until the last game in the A's team!!!

December 23, 2013  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I hope they pull it off.. With Wilson and Jansen, you would have the 7-9th pretty well wrapped up and any one of the three can close... if that offense is healthy, the Dodgers will be very difficult to beat on any given day... Kershaw could win 30 games...

the dodgers starters can't and shouldn't be able to win no more than 15 games per season,know why??the offense its to thin and the starters are gone to the showers long before that the 7 inning!!!

December 23, 2013  12:08 PM ET
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Nobody is ever going to win 30 games again. They only get 32 starts as it is and with the increasing dependence on the relief corps to close out games.....25 is the new 30.

Not to mention that Scherzer was the only 20 game winning pitcher in the majors last season.

December 23, 2013  12:39 PM ET
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I believe Perez you have already seem what your real value is with no other takers and having to sign with the Dodgers at their price.

does this mean,the dodgers would mess up their chemistry??

December 23, 2013  12:55 PM ET
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Not to mention that Scherzer was the only 20 game winning pitcher in the majors last season.

my believe could be that Scherzer could pull the trigger in the 2014 season!!!

December 23, 2013  03:25 PM ET
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the dodgers starters can't and shouldn't be able to win no more than 15 games per season,know why??the offense its to thin and the starters are gone to the showers long before that the 7 inning!!!

Not sure what you are smokin... but pass it around.. The Dodgers should be able to get everyone healthy to start the season as opposed to picking it up mid-season... Kemp will be back.. Crawford and Ramirez will have a full off season to heal.. They may have a huge upgrade at second base if the hype for Guererro is real.. and the pitching depth and bull pen are now stacked because they look like they will bring back Howell and the Perez deal is going through..

December 23, 2013  03:29 PM ET
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Not to mention that Scherzer was the only 20 game winning pitcher in the majors last season.

Yeah, he had a fantastic season and he didn't get anywhere close to that 30 games. Even when Denny McLain won 30 he got, I think, at least a couple of those coming in as a relief pitcher. Back when guys were throwing 320 or 340 innings and getting 40 starts in a season.

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