The Dodgers moved closer to signing left-handed pitcher Odalis Perez, agreeing in principle Tuesday to a three-year contract worth $24 million to $24 million, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Milton Bradley signed a one-year, $2.5-million contract, avoiding the arbitration process. Bradley batted .267 with 19 home runs and 67 runs batted in during the 2004 season. He played center field the first half of the season and moved to right field after Steve Finley was acquired.
Bradley made $1.73 million in his fifth major league season. His deal next includes incentives that could push the value over $3 million.
The deal for Perez, 26, will not be final, it is presumed, until the trade of Shawn Green to the Arizona Diamondbacks is completed. Green met with Arizona officials but did not come to an agreement on a contract extension.
Perez spent the past three seasons with the Dodgers and became one of the club's most reliable starters with a combined 34-28 record and a 3.55 ERA, even though his run support at times was one of the lowest on the staff. Last season, he went just 7-6, despite a 3.25 ERA, then struggled during two playoff starts against St. Louis.
If Green decides to remain a Dodger, the Diamondbacks may try to reconstruct their deal that would send Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees by asking for a player other than Dioner Navarro, who is set to go to the Dodgers for Green.
By trading Green, the Dodgers would gain $8 million in payroll, part of which could go to Perez, who was 7-6 with a 3.25 earned-run average in 31 starts last season and 34-28 over three seasons. Perez must be re-signed by Saturday, the deadline for free agents who rejected arbitration.