First off, we would never celebrate the end of any player's season due to injury. And in case you haven't heard, Odalis Perez's season is over, officially, due to a knee injury that's had him on the DL since August 19.
But imagine a parallel universe in which one has to pay $1.5 to Odalis Perez to be rid of his 5.57 ERA. Then imagine that it's not a parallel universe at all, but this one.
Yup, Perez has a $1.5 million buyout option on a contract that would pay him $9 mil next year. I think this might be the easiest decision Dayton has had in two years.
We don't feel too bad for the guy.
Look at how youthful Perez looks in that picture, a career's worth of cheers and happiness still fully ahead of him. Then, somewhere along the way, he lowered his standards so that a five-inning, four-run outing was considered good in his book, started bitching about lack of recognition for his charity, and lost all his fans, fame and fortune. We all lose our charms in the end, I suppose. Ahem.
"I'm very happy with the way I was treated here by everybody. They're great people," Perez said as he packed for the Dominican Republic.
It was nice knowing you, OP.