Oliver Perez has signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners. It's incredible that Perez is still only 30. I started blogging in 2004, a year in which Perez was one of only a handful of Pirates worth watching, along with Jason Bay, Jack Wilson, Mike Gonzalez, Jason Kendall and Craig Wilson. Perez was fantastic most of the time, and he was worth the price of admission even when he wasn't, slamming his bat into the ground when he struck out (seriously, how many other pitchers sweat it when they strike out?) and pitching super-fun games like this one, in which he struck out 12 guys, walked four, and allowed three hits, all of which were home runs. Whee! I wish you all the best, Oliver, and I'm sorry your career hasn't been half as fun as it might've been.