Martin Perez

#33 SP / Texas Rangers / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 190 lb Age: 26 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    • Perez's $6 million team option for the 2018 season was picked up by the Rangers on Monday, Mark Feinsand of reports. As expected, Perez's team option was exercised for the upcoming season. Working out of the middle of the Rangers' rotation in 2017, Perez went 13-12 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. While this was a bit of a step back from his 2016 marks of 4.39 and 1.41, respectively, the 26-year-old started more than 30 games (32) for the second consecutive season.

    • Rangers' Martin Perez: Cruises to win Friday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Perez moved to 13-12 for the season during Friday's 5-3 win over the Athletics, tossing six innings and conceding three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out two batters in the outing. Perez toed the rubber for the final time of the season and was able to deliver a quality start while finishing a campaign with a winning record for the first time since 2014. While Perez's 4.82 ERA and 1.54 WHIP over 185 innings weren't spectacular, the Rangers likely placed much value in the southpaw's ability to make 30-plus starts for the second straight season. That kind of dependability at the back end of the rotation prompted the Rangers to inform Perez prior to his outing Friday that his $6 million club option for 2018 would be exercised this offseason.

    • Rangers' Martin Perez: Option will be exercised
      By RotoWire Staff

      The Rangers informed Perez on Thursday that they intend to exercise his $6 million club option for 2018, T.R. Sullivan of reports. Perez, who is due to make his final start of the season Friday against the Athletics, has submitted a 12-12 record, 4.83 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 113 strikeouts over 179 innings. While those numbers don't move the needle much from a fantasy perspective, the lefty has brought value to the Rangers the last two seasons simply by being a capable innings eater. Since $6 million is a relative pittance for a proven back-end starter, it was likely an easy decision for the Rangers to pick up his option. Perez's contract also includes $7.5 million and $9 million options for 2019 and 2020, respectively.

    • Perez (12-12) was the pitcher of record in the Rangers' 8-1 loss to the Athletics on Sunday, lasting 4.2 innings and yielding five runs on six hits and four walks. He struck out two batters. After winning seven consecutive decisions and turning in a 3.15 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over that span, Perez has been charged with losses in two of his last three turns, with Sunday's defeat dealing the Rangers a significant blow to their slim hopes of capturing a wild-card berth. Perez looked like he would be on his way to a bounce-back performance with four scoreless innings to begin the start, but he unraveled in the fifth inning, ceding five runs before manager Jeff Banister pulled him from the contest. Perez will likely get a chance to finish the season with a winning record for the season when he likely takes the hill for a final time next weekend for a start against this same Oakland squad.

    • Perez allowed only one run on four hits and a walk over 6.1 innings Tuesday while striking out four but didn't factor into the decision in a 3-1 win over the Mariners. The lefty was locked in an unlikely pitcher's duel with Mike Leake until the seventh inning, when both teams turned to their bullpens. Perez now has six quality starts in his last nine outings, posting a respectable 3.14 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over that stretch despite a 5.5 K/9 that significantly limits his fantasy value. He'll next take the mound Sunday in Oakland.

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