August 18, 2018

Nats acquire reliever Ryan Perry from Tigers

The Washington Nationals made their first significant move of the off-season today, acquiring underperforming right-handed reliever Ryan Perry from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for right-handed reliever Collin Balester, the team announced this afternoon.

Perry, 25 in February, is a former first round pick (No. 21 overall) of the Tigers from the 2008 draft.  Perry is long on talent, but has yet to harness that talent at the Major League level.  He pitched in 36 games last season (37.0 IP) with a 2-0 record, 5.35 ERA, 1.622 WHIP, 5.8 K/9 and a whopping 5.1 BB/9. 

Overall in his big league career, Perry is 5-6 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.438 WHIP in 149 appearances, all in relief.  Perry spent a month in AAA Toledo in July and August as the Tigers sent him down to get control of his fastball.  When he returned to the bigs in mid-August, Perry limited the runs he allowed, pitching to a 3.07 ERA after his recall, but the wildness remained, as he walked eight and struck out eight in his final 16 appearances of 2010.

Balester, 25, was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos in the fourth round in 2004.  He came up as a starter but was moved to the bullpen full-time in an effort to utilize his power arm.  He has had bouts of success over three years with the Nats, but never seemed to stick in the big leagues.  He takes a lifetime record of 5-16 with a 5.17 ERA in 62 games (22 starts) for the Nationals with him to Detroit.

One important factor in the deal is that Perry has an option remaining, meaning he can be sent to the minors without being subject to waivers.  Balester was out of options.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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