Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:17:40 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in signing free-agent RPs Grant Balfour (Athletics) and John Axford (Cardinals). They could also look to turn to free-agent RP Chris Perez (Indians).
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:01:55 -0800
The New York Mets are kicking the tires on free-agent RP Chris Perez (Indians). Perez would be closer insurance to RP Bobby Parnell.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:17:32 -0800
Free-agent RP Chris Perez (Indians) is on site at the winter meetings in Florida and is meeting with teams in person.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:43:46 -0800
If the Cleveland Indians do not bring in a candidate to close from outside of the organization, RPs Cody Allen, Matt Capps, Vinnie Pestano and Bryan Shaw are the likely leading candidates to replace RP Chris Perez in the closer's role.
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:35:16 -0700
The Cleveland Indians released RP Chris Perez Thursday, Oct. 31, and re-signed 1B Jason Giambi to an undisclosed deal.
Fantasy Tip: Perez was demoted late in the regular season in favor of Joe Smith. Smith will likely enter spring training as the favorite to take the role over full time, but Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw could make some noise if Smith struggles out of the gates.
Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:52:18 -0700
Cleveland Indians RPs Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw might be candidates to serve as the closer if RP Chris Perez is traded or non-tendered during the offseason.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:01:56 -0700
The Cleveland Indians could use SP Justin Masterson or Joe Smith in the ninth inning this weekend in save situations. RP Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw are other options depending on the game situation. RP Chris Perez has been demoted from the closer's role.
Fantasy Tip: If we had to bet, it'd be Smith closing out a game or two this weekend. However, it could also be Allen with the Indians trying to lock up one of the two Wild Card spots.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:21:05 -0700
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said RP Chris Perez will no longer serve as the team's closer.
Fantasy Tip: It's expected that Joe Smith will receive the nod in the ninth with Perez hitting a rough patch heading into the postseason. If you need a save or two to gain a point and win your league, jump on Smith immediately for this weekend.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:28:21 -0700
It looks as though the Cleveland Indians will go with a closer-by-committee with RP Chris Perez struggling. SP Justin Masterson will pitch the sixth inning but isn't an option to close.
Fantasy Tip: Joe Smith, who closed out the team's victory last night, is the likely option to replace Perez for the rest of the season and potentially in the postseason.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:01:09 -0700
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez pleaded no contest and was convicted of misdemeanor drug abuse for marijuana shipped to his home Tuesday, Sept. 3. He was found guilty and fined $250 and was also put on probation for one year and ordered to speak to kids about drugs. A related criminal case against Perez's wife is pending.
Fantasy Tip: Perez shouldn't be in danger of being disciplined by the league other than having to undergo treatment programs for drug use. He has yet to test positive for marijuana, so until he does, he should be fine.