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Orioles sign suspended reliever Chris Perez

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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 suspended 50 games for drug of abuse

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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.

Brewers re-sign Chris Perez to another minors deal

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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.