Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rangers have signed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to major league spring training.
Perez turns 32 years old in May and hasn’t appeared in the majors since left shoulder surgery in September of 2012. He pitched in the minors with the Twins and Red Sox last year, posting a 2.60 ERA and 32/8 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A.
Perez owns a 3.64 ERA over 338 appearances in the majors, all with the Indians. He has made 70 or more appearances in three seasons, so the heavy workload obviously took a toll on his arm, but the Rangers are hoping that he’ll be able to revive his career or at least serve as bullpen depth in the minor leagues.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.