SBD/September 6, 2012/Franchises

Indians P Chris Perez Slams Owner For Not Spending Like Tigers' Mike Ilitch

It remains unclear what kind of discipline Perez may face for his critical comments
Indians P Chris Perez “rejoined the Indians on Tuesday following the birth of his daughter and is already taking shots at the team's ownership and front office,” acording to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. In a story “about the success of small market teams such as Oakland, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, Perez was critical about the Indians ownership and front office.” Asked about the “difference between the Indians and AL Central rival Detroit, Perez pointed to Indians owner Larry Dolan and Detroit owner Mike Ilitch.” Perez said, “Different owners. It comes down to that. (The Tigers) are spending money. (Ilitch) wants to win. Even when the economy was down (in Detroit), he spent money. He's got a team to show for it. You get what you pay for in baseball. Sometimes you don't. But most of the time you do." Indians GM Chris Antonetti said, “While we work to understand various perspectives, we strongly disagree with Chris' comments. Nonetheless, we are not satisfied with our recent results and our entire organization remains committed to fielding winning teams and that is the standard by which we will continue to operate." Hoynes noted, “Antonetti did talk to Perez." Asked if Perez "would be disciplined, Antonetti said only that the matter would be handle internally” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 9/6).
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