In Saturday’s column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Terry Pluto notes that the Indians have received trade interest in catcher Roberto Perez. The club is reluctant to deal him, though, as catching depth behind starter Yan Gomes is thin.
Perez, 27, hit a productive .228/.348/.402 with seven home runs, 21 RBI, and 30 runs scored in 226 plate appearances for the Indians last season. He was also helpful behind the plate, nabbing 42 percent of attempted base-stealers, 10 percent above the league average.
Perez won’t become eligible for arbitration until after the 2017 season and he won’t be able to hit free agency until after the 2020 season, so he represents cheap catching depth for the Indians. They aren’t in any rush to deal him.