Monday, February 16, 2009
Show Up Or Sit Out
If what ESPN Deportes writes is true and Odalis Perez has a signed contract (according to JimBo) and refuses to report to Spring Training Camp in Viera, Florida--Our Washington Nationals should hold his feet to the fire until he does. In this day and age, when so many others are suffering through rough economic times, Odalis Perez still lives a pretty luxorious lifestyle comparatively speaking.
No matter what profession anyone is in--a signed contract should be abided to. No one held a gun to Odalis Perez's head to accept Washington's Minor League Deal. His agent full well knew the current market for free agent players is down. If Odalis wasn't happy with the accepted offer in the first place--he should have never signed on the dotted line--and waited for something better.
He didn't and that's now Perez's problem, not Our Washington Nationals. Presently, Odalis Perez should be worrying more about his future as a Major League Pitcher, than about a few more short-term pay incentives his current non-guaranteed deal may, or may, not provide him in 2009.
Odalis Perez can either show up and play under his current deal, or sit the entire season out. If this is just about money, there should be no further negotiations. Yes, baseball is a business but Perez his handling this business rather poorly.