Former Royals pitcher Odalis Pérez has tragically died at the age of 44, according to reporter Héctor Gómez. Pérez pitched for the Royals in 2006 and 2007, making 38 starts. He won 73 games in ten big league seasons with the Braves, Dodgers, Royals, and Nationals, and was an All-Star in 2002, winning 15 games that year with 4.2 rWAR.
Former MLB pitcher Odalis Pérez was found dead at his home. According to reports, Pérez suffered a blow to the head after falling from a ladder.— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) March 11, 2022
Pérez played for Braves, Dodgers, Ronald and Nationals. In 2002 was selected to the All Star Game.@z101digital @ZDeportes pic.twitter.com/pnOibfK3pF
Pérez was originally signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Braves in 1994, the year Dayton Moore began with the organization as a scout. Moore would acquire Pérez just a month after taking over as general manager for the Royals, getting him from the Dodgers with minor leaguers Blake Johnson and Julio Pimentel for pitcher Elmer Dessens. Pérez went 2-4 with a 5.64 ERA in 12 starts down the stretch, and was third on the team in wins, innings pitched, and games started in 2007, when he went 8-11 with a 5.57 ERA.
Another joyous ballplayer gone too soon. Odalis Pérez was always kind to me, as we were close in age coming up at the Dodgers. I randomly ran into him at this restaurant in the DR in 2013 and never thought it would be the last time I’d see him. Prayers to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/1km44aluZO— Josh Rawitch (@HOFprez) March 11, 2022