DETROIT: Chris Perez has kept his opinions to himself lately.
But in an interview with FOXSports.com here, he opened up to baseball writer Jon Paul Morosi, whose topic was the recent success of small market teams Oakland and Tampa Bay.
“”We were there, too, up until a month and a half ago,” Perez told Morosi. “”Then the bottom fell out.”
When the subject got around to payroll, it was noted that Cleveland's $65 million budget is more than $50 million less than the Tigers.
“”Different owners,” Perez said, referring to Mike Ilitch, who owns the Tigers, and Larry Dolan and his son Paul, who operate the Indians. “”It comes down to that. They (the Tigers) are spending money. He (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.”
With less money, Tribe General Manager Chris Antonetti can’t afford to make many mistakes.
“”You can’t miss,” Perez said. “”You have to be right. That’s why I say it’s not just ownership. They don’t make the trades. It’s the GMs. It goes hand in hand. The GMs can only spend the money the owners give them, but they pick who they spend it on or who they don’t. They pick. The owners don’t pick.''