Martin Perez is staying in Texas.
Today, it was confirmed by Jesse Rogers of ESPN that the veteran left-hander would be accepting the Texas Rangers‘ qualifying offer and staying in Texas for at least one more season.
Perez earned his first All-Star nod in 2022, going 12-8 with a 2.89 ERA in 32 starts.
The 31-year-old had returned to the Rangers on a one-year deal after having spent two seasons with the Boston Red Sox.
What was expected is now official, as Perez accepted the offer from the Rangers ahead of today’s 4 p.m. Eastern Time deadline.
Perez will make $19.65 million in 2023, which is a significant hike from $4.5 million this year.
Martin Perez IS accepting the Rangers QO, per source. So his salary jumps from $4.5 million to $19.65 mil. He's back with Texas with a nice raise. https://t.co/fZvdpKxUui
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) November 15, 2022
Perez Stays In Texas
The Rangers have already begun work on constructing their starting rotation for 2023.
Perez returning is a huge boost for the Rangers.
Texas will retain that veteran presence in their rotation while they seek out other potential upgrades.
The addition of an ace would put the Rangers back in a position to contend for the first time since 2016.
Texas finished the 2022 season at 68-94, falling short of the postseason for the sixth consecutive season.
For now, retaining Perez is a good move.
Having an ace to go next to him would enhance the Rangers’ chances at bouncing back into contention in 2023 and help them potentially compete with the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners, both of whom reached the postseason in 2022.