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Atlanta Braves Interested in Seattle Mariners’ Oliver Perez

July 10th, 2013 at 10:41 PM
By Cody Fields

In need of a veteran bullpen arm, the Atlanta Braves are interested in Seattle Mariners reliever Oliver Perez, Jon Heyman reports.

With the loss of Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and now Cristhian Martinez for the season due to injuries, the Braves could use another experienced arm in a young bullpen. Perez has drawn interest from the Braves and Baltimore Orioles.

Perez, a 31-year-old 11-year veteran, would provide a quality left-handed arm and becomes a free agent at the end of the year. He has rejuvenated his rollercoaster career since joining the Mariners last season, putting up a 2.00 ERA over 69 appearances entering Wednesday.

It's also thought that Perez would be more cost efficient than Matt Thornton of the Chicago White Sox.

Braves fans may remember Perez from his days with the New York Mets, where he played from 2006-10, going 29-29 with a 4.71 ERA. He started his Major League career with the San Diego Padres in 2002 and has also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.


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