Veteran reliever Chris Perez hasn’t been very good for a couple years and was recently suspended 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse, but Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the Orioles have signed him to a minor-league deal anyway.
Perez was suspended while not under contract to a team, so that means whenever he joins a roster within the Orioles organization he’ll begin serving his 50 games. In other words, he won’t even be eligible to pitch in games regardless of the level until September.
Perez was an All-Star closer for the Indians in 2011 and 2012, but since then he has a 4.31 ERA with 46 walks in 100 innings. He was arrested in 2013, along with his wife, after having a package of marijuana delivered in their dog’s name, so that perhaps provides some clues as to the undisclosed “drug of abuse” that got Perez suspended.
Chris Perez, former All-Star closer for the Indians, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession back in 2013 when a package of marijuana turned up at his house in Ohio addressed to his dog.
Perez is a free agent now, having been released from the Brewers’ Triple-A team in late April. But the 29-year-old right-hander just got popped again for drugs.
MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy has the news …
Perez allowed eight runs on 14 hits in 7 2/3 innings this season at Colorado Springs. He may be done.
One day after releasing right-hander Chris Perez the Brewers have re-signed the former All-Star closer to another minor-league contract, which basically means they temporarily parted ways in order for the team to avoid paying the $100,000 veteran retention bonus attached to such deals.
Perez looks like a shell of his former self despite being just 29 years old, posting a 4.27 ERA and 39/25 K/BB ratio in 46 innings for the Dodgers as a middle reliever last season. He has a good chance of returning to the majors at some point, but it likely won’t be in a late-inning role and he’ll have to prove himself at Triple-A first.
Here’s how quickly things have unraveled for right-hander Chris Perez: At age 26 he was an All-Star closer for the second straight season. At age 28 he was an ineffective middle reliever. And now at age 29 he was just released by the Brewers after settling for a minor-league contract.
Perez pitched just fine this spring, posting a 2.70 ERA in 10 appearances, but he managed just five strikeouts in 10 innings after logging 46 innings with a 4.27 ERA and 39/25 K/BB ratio for the Dodgers last season.
Milwaukee asked him to accept an assignment to the minors, but Perez preferred to be released so that he can try to latch on elsewhere. From 2010-2012 he had a 2.84 ERA with 98 saves and 159 strikeouts in 180 innings for Cleveland, but that guy looks gone for good now.
From the official Twitter account of the Milwaukee Brewers …
It’s a return to the National League Central for Perez, who was a supplemental first-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2006 and spent almost two years in St. Louis before being traded to the Indians in a package for Mark DeRosa. Perez departed Cleveland on somewhat bad terms in 2013 and posted an ugly 4.27 ERA in 46 1/3 innings of relief last season for the Dodgers. The 29-year-old will try to resurrect his career with the Brewers.