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.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).