Atlanta signed Perez to a minor-league contract Thursday and assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. Perez made his Gwinnett debut Friday and has appeared in three games for the affiliate, going 4-for-11 with a solo home run, two walks and a stolen base. During the 2021 campaign, the 31-year-old utility man split time between the Triple-A and MLB levels before making the jump to the Korea Baseball Organization in July. He ultimately wasn't retained by the Hanhwa Eagles for a second season and had been a free agent throughout the winter before catching on in the Mexican League. He then requested his release from the Mexican League when an opportunity with Atlanta became available. Perez's versatility and wealth of MLB experience could make him a candidate for a promotion to the big club if he continues to produce well at Gwinnett.
Perez was granted his release by the Brewers on Sunday and agreed to a contract with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. The 30-year-old signed with the Brewers in early May after beginning the season with the Nationals, and he'd been hitting well at Triple-A Nashville with a .357/.396/.536 slash line in 23 games. Perez struggled in 13 major-league appearances between the Nationals and Cubs over the past two years, and he'll attempt to revitalize his career in South Korea.
Perez signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Friday and was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. Perez spent parts of five seasons in Milwaukee from 2015 to 2019. The Brewers have faced far more than their fair share of injuries this season, so the veteran utility man could eventually fill a bench role. It's not clear he's the solution to their problems, however, as he's a career .250/.280/.382 hitter who hasn't posted a wRC+ north of 80 since 2016.
Perez cleared outright waivers Thursday and elected free agency, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Perez was cast off the Nationals' 40-man roster Tuesday after he hit .053 with 10 strikeouts in 19 at-bats to begin the season. Rather than accepting his outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester, the 30-year-old will now be free to sign elsewhere as a free agent.
Perez was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. The veteran made the team's Opening Day roster and started four of the first five games, but his playing time fell off dramatically after that, as he started just one of the next 19 games. In 21 trips to the plate, he posted a .196 OPS. He doesn't offer much at the plate, but his defensive versatility could help him land somewhere in a bench role.