Odalis Perez - S - LA
Odalis Perez will re-sign with the Dodgers for $24 million over three years, ESPNews reports.
At one point in the offseason, it had seemed like offers for Perez may top out at about $5 million per season. This is more in line with what he deserves compared to what Russ Ortiz, Eric Milton and Kris Benson received. Staying with the Dodgers should allow him to keep posting sub-4.00 ERAs through the end of the deal. With Perez joining Jeff Weaver and Brad Penny, there are now two rotation spots open for Edwin Jackson, Kazuhisa Ishii, Elmer Dessens and Wilson Alvarez. The Dodgers still could add another pitcher to guarantee that both Dessens and Alvarez will work out of the pen initially. Jan. 4 - 6:01 pm et
It's a lot of money, but I think he's a better sign at this price than a guy like Eric Milton. Staying with the Dodgers at the pitcher friendly park will be good for him, of course.