Perez retired one of the two batters he faced and was credited with a hold Tuesday in the Indians' 9-5 win. Perez has earned a hold in each of his last three outings and is now up to nine on the season. The Indians have largely been deploying Perez as a situational lefty, with only 12 of his 35 appearances consisting of an inning or longer.
Perez signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Indians on Friday, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Perez spent the early part of 2018 with the Yankees on a minor-league deal before joining the Indians in June, and he then produced the best numbers of his career. The 37-year-old had a 1.39 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 43:7 K:BB over 32.1 innings and appeared in 51 games as he was often deployed in a situational role -- though he did hold righties to a .104/.218/.104 slash line in 55 plate appearances. Brad Hand is set to take over as closer for the Indians, but the rest of the bullpen remains largely in flux with the departures of Cody Allen and Andrew Miller in free agency.
Perez signed a major-league contract with the Indians on Saturday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Perez has found a home in another American League bullpen just a day after being released by the Yankees. The Indians designated Jeff Beliveau for assignment to open up a spot on the 25-man roster, and Perez should join his new teammates in short order after posting a 2.57 ERA and a 3.00 FIP over 14 frames with the Yankees' Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate this season.
Perez was cut by the Yankees on Friday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Perez agreed to a minor-league deal with New York on March 31, and he'll be let go after appearing in 17 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He posted a 1.73 ERA and 1.54 WHIP with 16 strikeouts and 18 walks over 26 innings.
Perez signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Saturday, Marc Carig of The Athletic New York reports. Perez will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and serve as organizational pitching depth for the Yankees. The veteran reliever was cut by the Reds last week after struggling this spring. Even if Perez pitches his way to the major-league bullpen, he would be limited to low-leverage situations in the Yankees' loaded bullpen.