Grading the Texas Rangers’ off-season acquisitions
SP Martin Perez: C+
The Rangers decided to reunite with old friend Martin Perez on a one-year deal,
I’ll keep it short and sweet in regards to Perez: He hasn’t really been anything above serviceable since 2016-17, and even then, he’s been wild. He hasn’t posted a FIP below 4.50 since 2016, his WHIP has skyrocketed in recent years, and his career 1.85 K/BB ratio is vastly underwhelming.
I give this move a C+ because I think it’s a decent filler move for what is, currently, a very thin rotation. Jon Gray and Dane Dunning are the only two guys who at this very second can be expected to be regular rotation guys for the next three-to-four years. Taylor Hearn has promise but we need to see sustained success from him. Leiter and Winn still have work to do in the minors and Alexy and Howard, among others, have yet to cement their role.
Is Perez a great pitcher? Far from it, but he can at least hold over a rotation spot and not be actively bad in the short term.