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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I was about to post this story about the Rockies bringing Neifi Perez back, with a note saying “HOW COULD NOBODY HAVE MENTIONED THIS YET?”.
Then I noticed that the same news site had a brand new story specifically retracting the old one and making it absolutely clear that the Rockies are aware that Perez really needs the money, or something like that, and that signing him would be “throwing him a lifeline” to a player who is popular in the clubhouse and the organization, and still they have thought it over very carefully and decided they have no interest in him.
What a way for a career to end, if it comes to that…but I think he’ll catch on somewhere.
Perez and the Rockies had agreed to a $750,000 minor league contract on Tuesday, a goodwill gesture that manager Clint Hurdle called a lifeline for one of the more popular players in club history who has hit hard times of late.
But the team later had second thoughts and decided against bringing him back.
The first player suspended by baseball for stimulants since they were banned before the 2006 season, Perez has 18 games remaining on an 80-game suspension he received last season after testing positive for a third time.
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