Three years ago Chris Perez was an All-Star closer, but now the 29-year-old right-hander has opted out of a minor-league deal with the Brewers after struggling at Triple-A.
Perez posted a 9.39 ERA in six appearances for Triple-A Colorado Springs, with more walks (4) than strikeouts (3) and 18 baserunners allowed in 7.2 innings. Last season as a middle reliever for the Dodgers he had a 4.27 ERA and 39/25 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.
Even at his peak, when Perez was saving 123 games for the Indians from 2010-2013, his control was always shaky. Now that his raw stuff and velocity have declined he just doesn’t offer a whole lot, although he’s still young enough to get back on track at some point.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.