Advertisement
Advertisement

Meet the New Guys: Jose Peraza and Martin Perez

Advertisement

On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox made their first two major league signings of the 2020 offseason, as they signed utility man Jose Peraza (one year, $3 million) and left-handed pitcher Martin Perez (one year, $6.25 million with an option for Year 2).

While not as glamorous as what the Yankees have been up to, the Red Sox are doing what they can while keeping their main goal of shedding salary in mind. Even if the guys they take in are considered lesser players than the likes of Brock Holt or Rick Porcello.

However, here’s what Red Sox fans should get used to with the two newest members.

Advertisement

Jose Peraza is not going to wow you with anything in particular offensively, but he’s far from an automatic out at the plate. Yes, he struggled mightily in 2019, slashing .239/.285/.346 with a .272 wOBA, but he was tied for fourth in the league in hits just the season prior.

Peraza also saw time at second base, shortstop, center field, and left field last season, making him a viable option for Boston’s Brock Holt replacement. While he can’t replicate the impact Holt had on the Boston community, he’s certainly a cheaper alternative.

Advertisement

As far as Martin Perez goes, he’s a tougher nut to crack. What makes him an attractive commodity is his ability to throw a fastball in the mid-90s. However, he struggles to strike guys out (18.3 percent last season was his career-high) and had very bizarre luck in 2019.

Screen Shot 2019-12-13 at 12.20.30 AM
(Chart via Baseball Savant)

Even though Perez was in the 96th percentile in exit velocity and in the 93rd for hard-hit rate, he finished the season with an ERA of 5.12 and a FIP of 4.66. But he does have a potential saving grace in his arsenal: His changeup and cutter mix.

Over 855 registered cutters, Perez had a FIP of 3.68 and an xwOBA of .255, while also posting a 14.9 percent K-BB rate. As for his changeup, he posted a 3.27 FIP and a 17.1 percent K-BB rate. Nothing to gawk at, but it shows that he has a decent pitch-mix that could allow him to have success in an Opener’s role.

There’s still a lot of work to be done for the Boston Red Sox to improve their team while also shedding salary. But for now, Red Sox fans have at least a glimpse of what they can expect from Chaim Bloom and Brian O’Halloran this offseason.

Advertisement

 

Advertisement

Check us out on our socials:   
Twitter: @PTSTNews and @TalkPrimeTime
Facebook Page: Prime Time Sports Talk
Join our Facebook Group: Prime Time Sports Talk 
Instagram: @primetimesportstalk

Advertisement

Share this:

Minnesota Twins, MLB
Latest News

The Minnesota Twins’ Struggles Continue

The struggling Minnesota Twins have seven wins and 13 losses after this past Sunday’s game. Although it is early in the season, we are still concerned by how they found themselves here and whether they can recover.

Read More
Dodgers' Chris Taylor, MLB utility player
Latest News

How the MLB Utility Player has Evolved

The MLB “utility player” role has evolved over the last decade. Teams now realize they can no longer be at the mercy of just one simple utility player. They now require the “multi-use” or “super utility” player.

Read More
MLB, Miami Marlins
Latest News

Assessing Miami Marlins’ Dreadful Start

The Miami Marlins’ dreadful start to the 2024 season saw fall to 1-9 after 10 games. They were baseball’s first 0-9 team since 2016. It is no surprise that the fans were booing them, and there is already chatter about their future. It looks like it is going to be a long season in Miami.

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Browse by Category:
Advertisement
Advertisement

Visit ChiefsBlitz.com for
hard-hitting KC Chiefs coverage.

Advertisement