As many of you have noted in the comments, today the Chicago Cubs released AAA outfielder Fernando Perez. Better known for his humor off the field than his play on it, Perez was a part of the trade that brought Matt Garza to the Cubs. Undoubtedly, the Cubs hoped Perez could finally put it together enough to serve as the team’s 4th/5th outfielder with speed, a role that now belongs to Tony Campana.

Unfortunately, Perez didn’t show much in his time with the Cubs, and, despite injuries that decimated the team’s outfield, he still wasn’t a preferred option to be called up. And, with that, the Cubs let him go. He leaves Iowa with a .238/.312/.337 line.

The move is important from an organizational perspective in that it opens up a 40-man roster spot, which could come in handy as the trade deadline approaches. More likely, the trade season will see the Cubs open up additional spots, and they will be used to protect youngsters from the Rule 5 Draft in the offseason.

And, yes, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my kerfuffle with Perez earlier this year. It was simultaneously not my finest moment, and one of which I’m oddly proud. Not because a professional baseball player acknowledged my existence, mind you; but I was glad to have been able to handle the situation with whatever dignity I could muster. It’s easy to sling mud. But the more mud you sling, the harder it is to clean yourself up. Now that I stand fully on the other side of the incident, I can look back and say I feel pretty clean.

Best of luck, Fernando. I hope you catch on elsewhere, and capture the minds and attentions of some other team’s bloggers.

  • die hard

    so Garza trade nail in Hendry’s coffin?

    • Michigan Goat

      Nah, as it stands right now we are still ahead. Until one of the prospects makes a meaningful, lasting impression. Perez was just a throw in that didn’t make the most of this opportunity.

  • LouCub

    Am I in the minority, or would any of you mind Marmol being moved @ the right price?? I’ve had it with his rollercoaster act..

  • miggy80

    Dang, that was my boy too bad. Ace I do think you handled that situation very well. It made me actually look into Fernando and I found we shared a common interest of writing poetry. I enjoyed rooting for him while he was here in Des Moines and best of luck to you Perez.

    P.S. I will write a poem with Kerfuffle in it.

  • Vince

    I notice Marmol being overweight and out of shape, any comments?

  • Toosh

    The Garza trade just keeps looking better. 5 for 2 now. Good thing Hendry could get the same kind of return if he traded him.

    • Jeff

      There are a lot of things to be upset with Hendry about. The Garza trade isn’t one of them. Garza has been good most of the time and should be a front 3 starter for the Cubs for a while, and Zack Rosscup has been one of the Cubs best minor league pitchers this year. Chris Archer has kind of bombed this year, Chirinos is stinking it up in the minors, Sam Fuld is still the same scrappy, crappy Sam Fuld he always was, Hak Ju Lee is two years away, and Brandon Guyer would be sitting behind our overpaid, over aged outfield like Colvin is. Lee may end up being an All Star some day, but the middle infield is crowded, so it would be hard for him to break through in Chicago. The only guy in the trade who I think would have been helping this version of the Cubs is Brandon Guyer, and Quade probably wouldn’t have played him anyway. Imagine for a moment, how bad would this season be without Garza?

  • Ian Afterbirth

    I will tell you, Ace, that that kerfuffle was the beginning of my love affair with this site and my deep respect for you. And I’m sorry to see him go but he’s a guy who doesn’t need baseball. I’m sure we’ll hear from him again in some other forum…

  • Toosh

    Wrong. Let’s forget about the “prospects” for the time being. Hendry traded for a SP when that wasn’t a weakness at the time. That’s fine, too. But if he was determined to trade for a SP and determined to trade those players, he should have gotten a better SP than Matt Garza. If he had to trade with Tampa, he should asked for Price or Hellickson.

  • Winston

    Cubs fans, don’t forget, Perez broke his wrist in spring training in 2009, and missed 90% of the season. He was not 100% in 2010, thus his numbers were low. Chicago tried to make his a switch hitter, which also didn’t help his recovery. He has tremendous talent; it’s too bad he got hurt.

    • BetterNews

      Wow! He reminds me of Milton Bradley!

  • BetterNews

    Winston—I don’t think so!