VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Left-hander Odalis Perez agreed to a non-guaranteed, minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday that will pay him $850,000 if he makes the major league club.
Perez was reportedly also considering an offer from the Red Sox.
Perez went 8-11 with a 5.57 ERA in 26 starts for the Kansas City Royals last season. He threw 137 1-3 innings in 2007, more than all but one Nationals pitcher.
"He will be given an opportunity to make the team's starting rotation," general manager Jim Bowden said. "He gives us depth to protect us against injuries and depth to allow us to not have to rush a young starting pitcher who is not ready for the major leagues."
An All-Star in 2002, Perez is 66-70 with a 4.47 ERA over nine seasons with the Royals, Dodgers and Braves.
The 31-year-old Perez would give Washington a veteran in a mostly unproven rotation.
His contract includes incentives beginning at 20 games started.
In our first edition of SoxTalk for the 2008 season, Sean discusses the handicap the Red Sox already face with Curt Schilling injured, just how much the team is paying attention to the Mitchell fallout, the Terry Francona contract talks and what is in store for the rest of this week. Click the play button below to hear and see the show.
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Jacoby Ellsbury meets reporters this morning.
BY SEAN McADAM
Journal Sports Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Not a lot of news to report from The Fort this morning.
David Ortiz checked in, but doesn't plan to work out or talk to the media until tomorrow. J.D. Drew, who reported yesterday, is taking some swings on Field 1 despite suffering from a bad head cold.
Chairman Tom Werner made his first appearance in camp a while ago. Werner took part in a negotiating session with Terry Francona Monday night.
Jacoby Ellsbury spoke about his busy offseason and sudden celebrity status and was asked about his job his job competition with Coco Crisp.
''I have the utmost respect for him,'' said Ellsbury. ''He's definitely a great teammate. We're all fighting for jobs. It's the best players in the world and you just have to be ready (for the competition).''
The 30-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic was 8-11 with a 5.57 E.R.A. pitching for Kansas City last season. For his career, he is 66-70 with a 4.47 E.R.A.; his best season was 2002, when he won 15 games and had a 3.00 E.R.A. with the Dodgers.
STAND UP AND SPEAK: If there's one man emerging from baseball's drug scandal with his reputation enhanced, it's Andy Pettitte. He quickly admitted to his involvement after the Mitchell Report was released, told Congressional investigators that what Brian McNamee said about him was true, and yesterday talked to the media for nearly an hour about the whole affair. (New York Daily News) He's become a rare, refreshing beacon of candor and openness in this squalid mess, deserving of the support he's received from both his long-time teammates and Yankee management. Not everyone thinks he did it for solely unselfish reasons -- the Daily News' Mike Lupica lays out that case -- but compared to virtually everyone else who was caught with his hands in the PED jar, Pettitte stands alone.
THE TRUE SIGN OF DEMENTIA: Clemens says he wasn't at a party at Jose Canseco's house, as Brian McNamee claims, and that disagreement has been used as a hammer by Clemens' defense team to pound away at McNamee's credibility. If he wasn't there, either McNamee made up the greatest whopper of all time or Clemens is losing his mind to have forgotten something like this. (yahoo.com)