The Angels signed Brad Hawpe, who at one time was a consistent 25-home run threat with the Rockies, to a Minor League deal back in April. With Triple-A Salt Lake, the 33-year-old lefty broke out, hitting .305 with a .909 OPS in 153 plate appearances. Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times tweets that the Angels will promote Hawpe to the big league squad prior to tomorrow’s double-header with the Red Sox.
Hawpe hasn’t played in the Majors since 2011 with the Padres, when he hit .231 with a .645 OPS in 216 plate appearances. He had spent a vast majority of his playing time in right field, but with Salt Lake, he started 23 of 37 games at DH, nine games in right field, and five at first base.
The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.
Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.
While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.