A few weeks ago I mentioned that it was odd that former Dodger pitcher Odalis Perez only signed a minor league deal with Washington while Randy Wolf was going to sign for $5 million plus, despite similar performance in recent years. Well, Odalis must be an avid True Blue LA reader, as he has since become unhappy with the contract he signed.
Today, the Nationals released Perez for failing to report to spring training. Perez then displayed one of the reasons why he is relegated to such a contract, his idiocy. Per Pete McElroy of MASNSports.com:
"I thought it best and I prefer to sit in my house if the Nationals do not show more appreciation for my work," Perez said from Santo Domingo on February 17.
"Appreciate my work means to increase the value of the contract and guarantee it. I will not accept any minor league contracts with no safeguards. I instructed my agent to report my position to the Nationals," Perez added.
If Perez didn't like the deal, or wanted more appreciation, then he shouldn't have signed the deal in the first place. Perez is maddening because he clearly has talent -- check out his 2002 and 2004 seasons with the Dodgers, not to mention his near perfect game at Wrigley Field -- but his attitude remains a problem.
Then again, what else should we expect from someone who discontinued a charitable program, in which he bought 45 tickets for inner city school kids to watch his starts, because he wasn't receiving enough credit or publicity? Odalis Perez is the kind of player or teammate that you don't mind the door hitting on their way out.