2022 Player Outlook
Perez posted a 4.74 ERA (4.82 FIP) with a 7.7 K/9 and a 7-8 record for the Red Sox in 2021. The American League East didn’t do Perez any favors last year, and was a big factor in his 1.50 HR/9 mark last year. He continued to keep the walks down, and while he did post a career-best 19.1 percent strikeout rate, it’s still well below average and is overshadowed by the hard contact and increased propensity for the ball to fly out of the park. A deal with a pitching-needy Rangers team helps Perez in two ways: The first of which is that his rotation spot is pretty secure, as the Rangers will want him to eat innings, and the second reason is that the Texas ballpark is more favorable to pitchers. Texas has added some pop to its lineup, which could Perez, too. However, with a lackluster strikeout rate and home run issues, Perez is no more than a late-round innings eater for your fantasy team.