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The Nationals have released left-hander Odalis Perez on Monday morning because of his failure to report to Spring Training.
On Feb. 5, Perez signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals. If he made the team, Perez would make 850,000, the same money he made last year. But when pitchers and catcher reported on Feb. 14, Perez was a no-show and hasn’t had any contact with the team since that date. Sunday was the mandatory reporting date and the Nationals had the right to discipline Perez after that day.
It turned out that Perez regretted giving his agent the OK to agree to terms with the Nationals because he wanted a Major League deal. But the Nationals had no intentions of renegotiating the contract.
“He would not return our phone calls and after talking internally with [manager] Manny Acta, [pitching coach] Randy St. Claire and the organization, we all feel it’s important that we want players that want to be here and help us win. We made that decision this morning,” general manager Jim Bowden said. “We left messages yesterday for his agent, we left messages for Odalis. Again I left messages for him this morning. They made their point pretty clear. We need to turn the page. We have a lot of pitchers in camp that are committed to helping us win. ”
Nationals left-hander Odalis Perez missed the team’s second day of workouts because he is holding out for more money.
On Feb. 5, Perez agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with Washington. If he makes the 25-man roster, he would earn $850,000, the same money he earned last year.
Manager Manny Acta first heard about Perez’s unhappiness this weekend from a friend in the Dominican Republic. But Acta didn’t take the information seriously until Perez was a no-show for Monday’s workouts. Since then, Acta left a message for Perez, but it wasn’t returned.
“I can’t control everything he feels or thinks,” Acta said. “It’s out of my hands. It has been made public that he is under contract and we expect him to honor his contract.”
Several messages to Perez’s agent, Martin Arburua, were not returned.
The Nationals had their first Spring Training workout on Monday, but left-hander Odalis Perez was a no-show.
According to ESPN.com, Odalis Perez regrets that he agreed to a Minor League deal with the Nationals and is trying to renegotiate his contract. As of now, if he makes the club, Perez will make $850,000.
But Nationals manager Jim Bowden said he expects Perez to report to camp soon.
“We have a contract with the player that is approved by the Players Association and the labor relations department,” Bowden said. “We have a binding agreement. We expect Odalis to be in camp.”
After the workouts, manager Manny Acta said the team was looking for Perez, but didn’t give any indication that something was wrong. Perez has until Sunday to report to work on time or face disciplinary action.
“We are trying to get a hold of Odalis and find out about him being here,” Acta said. “Up until the 22nd, I’m sure the guy doesn’t want to miss the reporting date. We don’t make a big deal out of it.”
Several messages to Perez’s agent, Martin Arburua, were not returned. Perez told ESPN.com that he plans to play in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic and prove that he is worth more than the contract that was presented to him.