GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez is promising not to run his mouth off the mound anymore.
Perez was embroiled in controversy most of last season, when he knocked Cleveland fans for not supporting the team, criticized ownership for not spending money and irritated some opposing teams with gestures on the field. Perez says he won't be a distraction this season, and new Indians manager Terry Francona doesn't expect any problems with the colorful right-hander, who had 39 saves last season.
Perez doesn't regret much of what he said last year, but says he "should have controlled it better." Perez says most of what he said was driven by wanting to win, and he's certain the Indians will do more of that this season after spending $117 million on free agents.