The Indians signed catcher Roberto Perez to a four-year extension through 2020, the club announced on Saturday. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the extension is worth $9 million guaranteed and includes club options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons that would bring the total to $21.5 million.
Perez, 28, is the tenth Indians player to sign an extension with the team this spring. He shouldered catching duties alongside primary backstop Yan Gomes in 2016, contributing down the stretch after missing 11 weeks with a fractured right thumb. His value is almost exclusively derived from his defensive performance, as he set new career lows at the plate last year with a .183/.285/.294 batting line and three home runs in 184 PA. Perez bounced back in the postseason, however, hitting three decisive home runs in the ALDS and World Series and assuming full-time responsibilities behind the dish while Gomes recovered from a lingering shoulder injury.
Per Bastian, Perez is slated to receive a $500,000 signing bonus and will work his way up to $7 million in 2022 if both of his options are exercised. The full breakdown of his projected salary is below:
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.
Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.
And John Lackey is livid.
The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.
According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.
Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.
Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.