Perez was outrighted to Triple-A San Antonio on Wednesday and elected free agency. The 28-year-old struggled in 2019, hitting just .228/.262/.379 with 18 RBI and five stolen bases in 91 appearances. Perez saw diminished playing time, especially after Keston Hiura was promoted to the majors. Perez will now test free agency after declining returns over the past few seasons with the Brewers.
Perez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rockies in 13 innings. Perez came off the bench to replace starting third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was one of several regulars pulled from the contest after it became apparent that the Cardinals would defeat the Cubs and clinch the NL Central crown. Though he was one of the few Brewers batters to provide an impact in the extra-inning loss, Perez isn't a lock to be included on the team's roster for their wild-card matchup Tuesday versus the Nationals. He concluded the 2019 regular season with a .228/.262/.379 slash line over 246 plate appearances.
Perez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 10-5 loss to the Cubs. Perez took Jose Quintana deep with a two-run homer to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead in the second inning. The long ball was the sixth of the season for the utility man, who has struggled to land a consistent spot in the lineup. Perez is batting .241/.277/.382 across 191 at-bats.
Perez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins. Perez cracked the lineup at shortstop in three of the past four contests, with all of his starts coming against southpaws. He'll be back on the bench with a right-hander (Kyle Gibson) on the hill for Minnesota and looks like he'll be limited to the short side of a platoon with Orlando Arcia.
Perez's contract was selected from Triple-A San Antonio prior to Friday's game against the Rangers. He was designated for assignment earlier this year but went unclaimed and is now back on the 40-man roster. Perez will serve as a backup infielder. Travis Shaw was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
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