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Friday, December 09, 2011

Tigers, Nationals swap hard-throwing relievers [Perry for Balester]

A trade between three unelected and frankly unaccountable teams.

the Tigers and Nationals pulled off an exchange of right-handed relievers Ryan Perry and Collin Balester on Friday….

Perry… ended the year with a 5.35 ERA and a 24/21 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. Overall, he has a 4.07 ERA and a 129/82 K/BB ratio in 161 1/3 innings as a major leaguer.

Balester is viewed more of a flop than Perry, but he also has the better raw stuff; while both tend to throw in the 93-95 mph range, Balester’s curveball is a superior offering to Perry’s slider. It shows in the strikeout numbers, as Balester has fanned 62 in 56 2/3 innings of relief over the last two years.

Balester, though, has more of a wild streak than Perry. He’s also out of options, whereas Perry still has an option year left.

The District Attorney Posted: December 09, 2011 at 10:59 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2011 at 12:58 AM (#4012072)
Seems like a challenge trade I guess. I'd be much higher on Perry than Balester, but maybe there was a clash of personalities in Detroit or the Tigers see something they can fix in Balester's mechanics.
   2. Justin T Posted: December 10, 2011 at 01:03 AM (#4012080)
I've seen this trade explained in multiple places as being necessary after the Tigers signed Dotel, and there was no more room for Perry. They got another reliever, and the one without options. I doubt it.
   3. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: December 10, 2011 at 04:13 AM (#4012238)
Huh I made this exact same trade in Baseball Mogul. It was exceptionally succesful (for me as the Nats)
   4. Jamal Touch em All Posted: December 10, 2011 at 05:30 AM (#4012299)
Leyland didn't really trust Perry, he mostly saw mop-up duty. So maybe this is kinda like the Scoscia-Napoli thing, only on a micro scale.
   5. MM1f Posted: December 10, 2011 at 05:42 AM (#4012303)
Leyland didn't really trust Perry, he mostly saw mop-up duty. So maybe this is kinda like the Scoscia-Napoli thing, only on a micro scale.


An important difference being that Napoli was a quality player being jerked around because his manager liked a lesser one while Perry pitched like crap all year and was used as much as any reliever with a 5.35 ERA and 1/1 K/BB rate should be used.
   6. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: December 10, 2011 at 07:19 AM (#4012349)
I saw plenty of Perry. Classic Guy with Closer Stuff Who Doesn't Know Where the Ball Is Going.

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