Ken Gurnick tweets that the Dodgers have signed two more veterans to nonroster contracts with invites to camp: outfielder Timo Perez and pitcher John Koronka.
You’ll get no complaint from me on these non-guaranteed contracts to guys who are likely to be AAA fodder at best; usually I wouldn’t even bother to mention them. (Though as Jay Jaffe correctly points out, they’re likely useful only as organ donors.) For the sake of completion and to help pass the long, dark winter, here’s who these guys are…
Timo Perez. 35 in April, a lefty outfielder who once got some regular playing time for the Mets in the early part of the decade. He hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2007 with the Tigers, and he’s got a career line of .269/.308/.382. He wasn’t even in any team’s system last year, putting up good numbers for Veracruz in the Mexican League. However, what’s most intriguing about him is the sponsorship his baseball-reference page has:
The 2000 WS Met OF is a testament to how great a manager Bobby Valentine was. He got the Mets to a World Series with this man as his leadoff hitter. Timo Perez’s non-hustle in game 1 set the tone for a 00′s decade of futility. Why Timo, why?
Look at that – I found something interesting to say about Timo Perez. Who knew?
John Koronka. He’ll turn 30 this year, he’s a lefty, and holy hell am I having a hard time saying anything nice about him. In parts of 4 seasons with 3 teams, he’s got a career 6.25 ERA. The only time he really had an extended stint in the bigs was in 2006 with Texas, when he started 23 games, but put up a 5.69 ERA and a 1.536 WHIP. Both marks are the best season marks of his career. He doesn’t strike people out (4.4 K/9) and he doesn’t avoid walks (3.8 BB/9).
It’s not like he’s found more success in the minors, either. A career 4.41 ERA isn’t great, and his 2009 was brutal – in 30 games (23 starts) for Florida’s AAA team, he was 4-10 with a 4.83 ERA and 1.570 WHIP, allowing more than a homer per game.
Man, he sounds unqualified to even try out for the Isotopes. How is he worth the time, exactly?