I read on MLBTradeRumors that free agent lefty pitcher Odalis Perez signed a minor league deal with the Nationals, his 2008 team. Earlier this offseason, I suggested the Mets atleast consider him. Look at the following numbers, and tell me what seems strange:
That's right - Oliver Perez will make about $11 million more than Odalis. In 2008, Odalis was slightly more valuable than Ollie and projects to have just slightly less value next year. For once, the Nationals may have executed a steal of a signing. I'm not saying that I'd rather have Odalis over Ollie (I wouldn't), but it's amazing how a good agent and big city cache can artificially drive up a player's value in the free agent market.