Oliver Perez, Relief Pitcher, Washington Nationals, #46
Date of Birth: 8/15/1981
Birthplace: Sinaloa, Mexico
Current Salary: $4,000,000
Oliver Perez, relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals, was first signed by the San Diego Padres in 1999. He pitched as a starting pitcher in the Padres' minor league system from 1999 through 2001.
Perez pitched from the Padres' starting rotation in 15 games in 2002. He also pitched in one game as a reliever. He finished the season with 4 wins to 5 losses and a 3.50 ERA in 90.0 innings.
The Padres traded Perez to the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 25, 2003. He finished the season with 4 wins and 10 losses and a 5.47 ERA in 19 games with the Padres and 5 games with the Pirates. He didn't pitch in any games as a relief pitcher in 2003.
Perez had career highs in innings pitched (196.0) and strikeouts (239 to 81 walks) in 2004. He had 12 wins and 10 losses and a 2.98 ERA in 30 games. The following season, he continued to pitch from the Pirates' starting rotation, finishing with a 5.85 ERA in 20 games.
The Pirates traded Perez to the New York Mets on July 31, 2006. As a starting pitcher in 15 games with the Pirates and 7 games with the Mets, he had a 6.55 ERA in 112.2 innings. He continued as a starting pitcher for the Mets in 2007 and 2008. He had a career high 15 wins (to 10 losses) in 2007. He had a 3.56 ERA that year and a 4.22 ERA in 2008.
Perez suffered from knee problems in 2009 and 2010 and he spent considerable time on the DL both seasons. In 2010, he transitioned to a relief pitcher.
Perez first signed with the Nationals in March, 2011. He spent the 2011 season on the DL and in the minors.
Perez became a free agent on November 3, 2012. He signed a contract as a relief pitcher with the Seattle Mariners on January 18, 2012. He pitched in 33 games in 2012 and he had a career low ERA of 2.12. The following season, he had a 3.74 ERA in 53.0 innings in 61 games.
In March, 2014, Perez signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had a 2.91 ERA in 58.2 innings in 68 games in 2014.
The Diamondbacks traded Perez to his seventh team, the Houston Astros, on August 8, 2015. He finished the season with a 4.17 ERA in 48 games with the Diamondbacks and 22 games with the Astros.
Perez became a free agent on November 2, 2015. He returned to the Nationals on December 11th. He finished the 2016 season with a 4.95 ERA in 40.0 innings in 64 games. In the postseason, he pitched 3.1 innings in 4 games and he gave up 1 hit and no runs. He struck out three batters and walked one.
Career pitching statistics for Perez through 2016 include:
- 502 games played
- 1,334.0 innings pitched
- 69-86 win-loss record
- 1,397 strikeouts to 723 walks
- 4.46 ERA
Perez and his wife have two children.