When the Texas Rangers brought back starting pitcher Martin Perez on a one-year deal back in March, they probably had mild expectations. The 31-year-old was fresh off a simply average year with the Boston Red Sox, pitching to a 4.74 ERA across 114.0 innings.
Instead, they landed one of the best surprises of the 2022 campaign. Perez earned his first-ever All-Star Game nod thanks to a stifling 2.68 ERA, already reaching 111.0 innings on the mound.
Perez recently spoke with Jon Heyman of the New York Post during All-Star weekend, where the new Rangers' ace revealed his thoughts on a possible contract extension to stay longer term with Texas.
Martin Perez Contract Extension
The response was everything that Rangers fans wanted to hear.
“I’d like to stay. When you go back home, you always want to stay.”- Martin Perez
While it was short and sweet, Perez got immediately to the point. He'd like to stay. Especially considering he spent the first seven years of his MLB career in Texas.
Perez signed just a one-year deal and he'll hit free agency again this offseason. Meanwhile, Texas finds themselves in an exciting situation. It's almost a no-brainer to bring Perez back for a couple of years, especially with the pitching talent on the horizon in Texas' minor leagues.
Texas touts a pair of pitchers, Jack Leiter and Cole Winn, in MLB.com's list of top-100 prospects. The Rangers also just nabbed Kumar Rocker in the 2022 MLB Draft. Outside of his injury concerns, Rocker was arguably the best pitcher in college baseball a year ago.
The future is bright in Texas and it would be wise for the Rangers to keep a veteran ace atop the rotation to help this crop of young talent when they earn their spot at the MLB level.
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