Perez was traded to the Marlins on Thursday.
Perez hasn't appeared in a major-league game since 2015 while he was a member of the Braves, spending 50 games with Indianapolis for Pittsburgh's Triple-A team this season. He's hit .336/.400/.433 with one home run and 12 RBI and should serve as outfield depth within Miami's system moving forward.
Perez agreed to a minor league contract with the Pirates on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old speedster split time between the Triple-A affiliates of the Astros and Rays organizations, batting .256 with 20 stolen bases between the two stops. For a guy with as much speed as he possesses, Perez doesn't walk all that much, so until he starts to hit for a higher average, he'll continue to act as organizational outfield depth.
Perez was traded to the Rays on Thursday and assigned to Triple-A Durham, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Perez had spent the first portion of the season in the Astros' organization, slashing .267/.298/.385 with nine steals in 52 games with their Triple-A affiliate. The 26-year-old does have some big league experience in his career and could eventually earn a call up to the majors to help provide relief to an injury-plagued Tampa outfield.
Perez was reassigned to minor league camp Monday.
After a solid start to camp with the Astros, Perez went hitless over his last 14 Grapefruit League at-bats. The speedy outfielder will likely report to Triple-A Fresno to open 2016.
In 12 Grapefruit League appearances, Perez is 6-for-18 (.333) with three RBI and a stolen base for the Astros.
The outfield is crowded in Houston, with Carlos Gomez, George Springer and Colby Rasmus occupying starting roles, with defensive whiz Jake Marisnick and Preston Tucker behind them as the fourth and fifth outfielders respectively. Perez will likely open 2016 in Triple-A, where he's recorded at least 20 stolen bases in each of the last four seasons.
Perez was non-tendered by the Braves on Thursday.
He suffered a broken hand in late August last season, but that is not the main reason the Braves declined to extend him a contract. In Atlanta's intensive rebuild, players like Perez who require arbitration offers and do not fit into their long-term plans have no place on the roster. He hit .269 but slugged just .303 in 133 plate appearances last year, and should struggle to gain fantasy relevance, regardless of what team he catches on with this winter.
The Braves announced Monday they have recalled catcher Christian Bethancourt from Triple-A, giving the young backstop another opportunity after his demotion to the minors in June.
Bethancourt hit .198 prior to his demotion with the parent club, but at Gwinnett, was hitting over .300.
In a corresponding move, the Braves optioned utility man Eury Perez to Triple-A.
Utility man Eury Perez had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-5 in the Braves' loss to the Rockies on Sunday.
With the trio of hits, Perez raised his average by more than 30 points, from .255 to .286. Perez had just five prior hits in 23 at-bats before Sunday.
Braves outfielder Eury Perez (torso) was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Nationals for the first time since colliding with Cameron Maybin in the outfield during Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Perez is batting .286 with one double, one RBI, one run and five strikeouts in 11 games (seven starts) for Atlanta.
Braves outfielder Eury Perez checked out OK after colliding with Cameron Maybin in the outfield in the bottom of the ninth Sunday against the Pirates, per MLB.com.
Maybin was fine after the collision, but Perez was down on the warning track for a few minutes holding his torso before leaving the game under his own power. However, Perez's stomach and ribs checked out without injury upon further evaluation.
"I was a little nervous. I thought we were going to lose two players out there," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We dodged a bullet there."
Perez, who entered the game in left field in the eighth inning as a defensive substitution, said through a translator he didn't hear anyone else calling for the fly ball. But he knew after the play he wasn't seriously hurt.
"We're playing for each other. We've got each others' backs and going hard," said Jason Grilli, who was pitching at the time of the collision. "I'm glad everyone is OK. That's the most important thing."
The Braves optioned infielder Daniel Castro to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. To take his roster spot, outfielder Eury Perez was recalled from Gwinnett.
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