2012 in Review: Chris Perez

Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

Even if Chris Perez had said nothing but the usual athlete platitudes in his post-game comments, the Indians would still be dangling him on the trade market this winter.

2012 Age: 26

2012 WAR (Fangraphs): 0.8

2012 WAR (B-Ref): 0.5

2012 Salary: $4.5M (Arbitration)

2013 Contract Status: Arbitration (4.136 Service Time)

Perez has a classic fastball/slider combination, throwing the fastball in the mid-90s and the slider in the low-to-mid 80s. Both are plus pitches, though his slider is normally his put-away pitch; he rarely throws his slider when behind in the count. If you look at his pitch usage, he's a very predictable pitcher, but because his stuff is so good, it doesn't really matter that batters come to the plate knowing what they're going to get:

(via Brooks Baseball)

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Perez had a rather extreme reverse platoon split in 2012, with right-handers hitting him much better than left-handers, especially in the power department. The pitch Perez got beat on most against right-handers was his fastball, which makes sense given that he almost always used it when he fell behind in the count, but right-handed batters who swung on the first pitch (which was usually a fastball) had a slash line of .361/.361/.722. Hence the reason Perez started the count with his slider more often against right-handed batters.

But overall Perez continued to be very effective in closing situations. Of the 43 save opportunities he had in 2012, he blew just 4 of them. That's going to lead to another sizable salary increase this offseason, as arbitration has really rewarded closers. The Indians are probably going to pay Perez at least $6.5M next season, and with Vinnie Pestano waiting in the wings, there's a very good baseball reason to deal him even before getting into Perez' off-field controversies.

As for the controversies, this post will catch you up to speed. Even though both Chris Perez and incoming manager Terry Francona were both saying all the right things in October, I'd have to think the Indians will trade him if they get a decent offer for him. That being said, I wouldn't expect a massive return for him, as whoever trades for him will probably be paying him anywhere from $14-$16M over the next two seasons, which is more along the lines of a free agent closer than one still under team control. Perhaps a club like Milwaukee, whose season was torpedoed by an awful bullpen, would have some interest?

2012 Game Log

Rk Date Tm Opp Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str
1 Apr 5 CLE TOR 9-9 BS(1) 99 0.2 3 3 3 2 0 0 7 31 17
2 Apr 7 CLE TOR 11-11 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 8
3 Apr 8 CLE TOR 9-GF S(1) 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 6 28 20
4 Apr 14 CLE @ KCR 10-GF(10) S(2) 5 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 14 10
5 Apr 17 CLE @ SEA 9-GF S(3) 2 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 6 24 13
6 Apr 19 CLE @ SEA 9-GF S(4) 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 6
7 Apr 20 CLE @ OAK 9-GF S(5) 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 17 11
8 Apr 21 CLE @ OAK 9-GF S(6) 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
9 Apr 24 CLE KCR 9-GF S(7) 2 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 5 15 12
10 Apr 29 CLE LAA 9-GF 4 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 15 12
May Tm Opp Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str
11 May 2 CLE @ CHW 9-GF S(8) 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 15 10
12 May 3 CLE @ CHW 9-GF S(9) 0 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 15 8
13 May 4 CLE TEX 9-GF S(10) 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 8
14 May 6 CLE TEX 9-GF S(11) 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 18 11
15 May 8 CLE CHW 10-GF(10) L(0-1) 1 1.0 2 2 2 0 1 0 6 22 15
16 May 14 CLE @ MIN 9-GF S(12) 5 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 12 9
17 May 17 CLE SEA 10-10 2 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 17 7
18 May 19 CLE MIA 9-GF S(13) 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 10 9
19 May 22 CLE DET 9-GF S(14) 2 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 5 20 12
20 May 23 CLE DET 9-GF S(15) 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 21 15
21 May 24 CLE DET 9-GF S(16) 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 16 11
22 May 28 CLE KCR 9-GF S(17) 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 9
June Tm Opp Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str
23 Jun 3 CLE MIN 9-GF 5 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 7
24 Jun 5 CLE @ DET 9-GF S(18) 1 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 5 19 14
25 Jun 6 CLE @ DET 9-GF S(19) 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 13 10
26 Jun 10 CLE @ STL 9-GF S(20) 3 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 15 11
27 Jun 15 CLE PIT 9-GF S(21) 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 3
28 Jun 18 CLE CIN 9-GF S(22) 2 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 5 19 13
29 Jun 19 CLE CIN 9-9 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 19 12
30 Jun 22 CLE @ HOU 9-GF S(23) 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 13 11
31 Jun 29 CLE @ BAL 8-GF(8) 6 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 5 21 15
July Tm Opp Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str
32 Jul 1 CLE @ BAL 9-GF 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 14 11
33 Jul 5 CLE TBR 9-GF S(24) 3 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 6
34 Jul 8 CLE TBR 9-GF BL(0-2) 2 1.0 4 3 3 0 3 1 7 30 19
35 Jul 13 CLE @ TOR 9-GF S(25) 4 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 12 7
36 Jul 16 CLE @ TBR 9-GF S(26) 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 13 10
37 Jul 20 CLE BAL 9-GF 3 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 18 12
38 Jul 23 CLE BAL 9-GF S(27) 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 20 16
39 Jul 24 CLE DET 9-GF S(28) 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 13 9
40 Jul 26 CLE DET 9-GF S(29) 1 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 5 23 13
August Tm Opp Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str
41 Aug 1 CLE @ KCR 8-GF(8) 5 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 8
42 Aug 2 CLE @ KCR 11-GF(11) 0 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3
43 Aug 5 CLE @ DET 10-GF(10) BL(0-3) 2 0.2 3 5 5 2 0 1 7 30 13
44 Aug 7 CLE MIN 9-9 BL(0-4) 1 0.2 4 3 1 1 1 0 8 31 18
45 Aug 9 CLE BOS 9-GF S(30) 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 13 8
46 Aug 11 CLE BOS 9-GF S(31) 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 16 11
47 Aug 13 CLE @ LAA 9-GF S(32) 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 15 12
48 Aug 19 CLE @ OAK 8-GF(8) 5 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 14 9
49 Aug 24 CLE NYY 9-GF 4 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 15 10
50 Aug 25 CLE NYY 9-GF S(33) 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 13 10
51 Aug 30 CLE OAK 9-GF 4 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 4 17 11
September/October Tm Opp Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str
52 Sep 4 CLE @ DET 9-GF S(34) 4 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 10 8
53 Sep 7 CLE @ MIN 9-GF S(35) 2 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 4 19 13
54 Sep 12 CLE @ TEX 8-GF(8) 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 8
55 Sep 13 CLE @ TEX 9-GF S(36) 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 12 10
56 Sep 18 CLE MIN 9-9 4 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 12 7
57 Sep 20 CLE MIN 9-9 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 13 10
58 Sep 25 CLE @ CHW 9-GF S(37) 4 1.0 1 1 1 2 0 1 6 20 9
59 Sep 26 CLE @ CHW 9-GF S(38) 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 19 11
60 Sep 28 CLE KCR 9-GF S(39) 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 13 9
61 Oct 2 CLE CHW 9-9 3 1.0 2 2 2 1 0 1 7 26 14
CLE 57.2 49 25 23 16 59 6 242
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/19/2012.




Career Stats

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 22 STL 3 3 .500 3.46 41 23 7 41.2 34 18 16 5 22 42 123 7.3 1.1 4.8 9.1 1.91
2009 23 TOT 1 2 .333 4.26 61 16 2 57.0 41 28 27 8 27 68 99 6.5 1.3 4.3 10.7 2.52
2009 23 STL 1 1 .500 4.18 29 8 1 23.2 17 12 11 3 15 30 99 6.5 1.1 5.7 11.4 2.00
2009 23 CLE 0 1 .000 4.32 32 8 1 33.1 24 16 16 5 12 38 99 6.5 1.4 3.2 10.3 3.17
2010 24 CLE 2 2 .500 1.71 63 37 23 63.0 40 15 12 4 28 61 231 5.7 0.6 4.0 8.7 2.18
2011 25 CLE 4 7 .364 3.32 64 57 36 59.2 46 24 22 5 26 39 119 6.9 0.8 3.9 5.9 1.50
2012 26 CLE 0 4 .000 3.59 61 53 39 57.2 49 25 23 6 16 59 109 7.6 0.9 2.5 9.2 3.69
5 Yrs 10 18 .357 3.23 290 186 107 279.0 210 110 100 28 119 269 125 6.8 0.9 3.8 8.7 2.26
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/19/2012.
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