Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Tampa Bay Rays have lost 25 year old outfielder Fernando Perez for 3 months after dislocating his wrist in a spring traing game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Perez is a 25 year old Tampa prospect (almost too old to be called a prospect anymore) who can fly. Perez stole 43 bases in triple-A last year, but the big downside to Perez is he can't hit a lick. Perez is obviously the closest version to Wille Mays Hayes in a long, long time. This isn't a huge loss for the defending AL Champs because Tampa signed free agent Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell and traded for Detroit Tigers outfielder Matt Joyce during the offseason. BJ Upton may not be ready to go on opening day, and if that is the case, the Rays will undoubtedly go with Gabe Kapler in center to start the year.