While the Gary Sheffield trade should go down as a good one, the Neifi Perez trade probably won’t I know the Tigers didn’t give up much for him, but having him around and potentially taking away at bats from a guy like Omar Infante is a bad thing. Now Neifi Perez is looking to prove his worth in camp after Jim Leyland made some negative comments about him during the offseason.
I’m sure Perez is a nice guy and at one point in time, he showed enough with the mitt to earn a gold glove. Those days are pretty far behind us though. PECOTA has Perez at a .246/.273/.339 line with a -3.3 VORP and average defense. That’s not going to cut it for a team that’s a contender.