Nats release left-hander Perez
Perez signed a minor league contract with Washington on Feb. 5 that would have paid him $850,000 if he made the team. In recent days, however, the left-hander said he wanted a better deal.
The 31-year-old Perez hadn't taken phone calls from general manager Jim Bowden or manager Manny Acta in recent days. Perez let the 7 p.m. Sunday deadline pass without reporting.
"We left messages yesterday for his agent, we left messages for him, I left messages again this morning, and they made their point really clear," Bowden said. "We've got a lot of pitchers here in camp who are committed to helping us win, and we want players here who want to be here."
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"It's disappointing because you'd at least like him to talk to us in person," Bowden said.
Perez was 7-12 with a 4.34 ERA in 30 starts for the Nationals last season. He is 73-82 with a 4.46 ERA is 10 seasons.
NotesFirst baseman Dmitri Young has a bruised left ring finger. X-rays showed the finger isn't broken, and the Nationals listed him as day to day.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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