Cleveland designated Perez for assignment Wednesday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
Perez will cede his spot on the 26-man active roster to fellow reliever Nick Wittgren (personal), who was reinstated from the paternity list in a corresponding move. The 39-year-old Perez has been a mainstay in the Cleveland bullpen over the past three-plus seasons, producing a 2.57 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 while racking up 40 holds and two saves across 143 appearances. According to Withers, manager Terry Francona said he was struggling to find the right spots to use the left-handed Perez, a likely consequence of MLB instituting the three-batter minimum rule in 2020. With fewer teams employing lefty specialists these days, Perez may struggle to quickly find another big-league opportunity.
Perez (0-1) allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk over one-third of an inning in Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Reds.
Perez was able to get Tyler Naquin to fly out, but Tyler Stephenson tagged an RBI single to score initial runner Eugenio Suarez for the winning run. The 39-year-old Perez has only allowed the one unearned run as well as two hits and a walk across 2.2 innings so far. The southpaw will likely see mostly low-leverage work in 2021 -- Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak and Nick Wittgren all pitched earlier in Saturday's contest, leaving Perez to get the ball in the 10th inning.
Perez pitched a scoreless one-third of an inning in Saturday's 11-3 win over the Tigers.
Perez relieved starter Aaron Civale with two outs in the eighth inning. Victor Reyes got aboard with an error, but Perez got Akil Baddoo to fly out to end the inning. The 39-year-old Perez pitched 18 innings in 21 appearances last year, posting a 2.00 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 14:6 K:BB. He had three holds and one save. The southpaw isn't in Cleveland's closer conversation in 2021.
Perez signed a deal to return to Cleveland for a fourth season Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 39-year-old lefty has moved around quite a bit over his 18-year career, but he's finally found a bit of stability. He owns a 2.67 ERA thus far in Cleveland, including a 2.00 mark in 18 innings last season. His strikeout rate fell from 27.7 percent to 19.4 percent last year, however, while his fastball velocity dipped from 91.7 to 89.9 mph, so he may not have much time left as a useful reliever.
Perez struck out one in two-thirds of an inning without allowing a baserunner to earn the save in Sunday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the White Sox.
Regular closer Brad Hand allowed a run to score, cutting Cleveland's lead to one, and he put the tying run in scoring position before a rain delay. Perez took over after the delay, and he got Leury Garcia to pop out before whiffing Yoan Moncada to secure the save, Perez's first of the year. The 38-year-old Perez has been lights-out in 2020, with just one hit and no walks allowed to go with five strikeouts over 4.2 scoreless innings.
Perez's 2020 team option vested to $3 million after he made his 60th appearance of the season in Sunday's 10-1 win over the Phillies.
The Tribe's decision to use Perez in a rather non-competitive game with contract incentives at stake adds support to the notion that the organization views the veteran lefty as a key bullpen piece heading into next season. Even at 38 years old, Perez has proven reliable against same-handed hitters, holding lefties to a meager .209/.277/.337 slash line this season.
Perez earned the final out during the ninth to record his first save of the season in a 7-5 victory against the Twins on Sunday.
One day after a doubleheader, the Indians called upon Perez to face the left-handed hitting Eddie Rosario, who already had two homers in the game, with two outs in the ninth, and Perez needed just two pitches to get Rosario to pop out in foul ground. Perez has 21 holds this season but this save opportunity was his first of the year, and it likely only came because of all the work the bullpen received Saturday. He is 2-3 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 38.2 innings across 62 appearances.
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.
Perez was released by the Reds on Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
Perez was looking to lock down a bullpen spot as an NRI, but a brutal spring prompted the Reds to cut him loose instead. Given his prior major-league experience, Perez could draw some interest.
Perez gave up three runs on two hits, including a home run, and a walk in his one inning of work Thursday, seeing his ERA balloon up to 19.29 this spring.
Perez is trying to win a bullpen spot as an NRI and failing miserably so far. Based on the results this spring, the veteran lefty could be reaching the end of his career.
Perez signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Saturday which includes an invitation to spring training, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Perez will get a chance to compete for an Opening Day role in the Reds' bullpen as a lefty specialist, a job he figures to have a leg up on entering camp given his previous big-league experience. In 50 appearances out of the Nationals' bullpen in 2017, the 36-year-old posted a middling 4.64 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 33 innings, though he once again registered a double-digit strikeout rate (10.6 K/9) while compiling 12 holds.
Perez owns an ERA of 4.06 through 31 innings pitched with the Nationals this year.
Perez hasn't seen much work lately, pitching in only 16 of his team's last 60 games. Over that stretch, he has a solid ERA of 3.65 and a K/9 of 11.7. His role right now seems to be more of a left-handed specialist, and he will be used in low-leverage innings as the season draws to a close.
Perez has given up nine runs on 18 hits with 22 strikeouts through 18 innings this season.
Working mostly as a left-handed specialist, Perez's struggles have come when he's faced opposite-handed hitters. Right-handed batters are hitting .321 against him and have only struck out seven times in 30 plate appearances. Meanwhile, lefties are only averaging .214 while striking out 15 times out of 47 attempts.
Perez struck out the only hitter he faced Monday against the Dodgers to pick up his first save of 2017.
Perez entered Monday with two career saves through 14-plus MLB seasons (both of which came in 2013 with Seattle). The veteran became the sixth Nationals reliever to record a save this season, but owners shouldn't be racing to the waiver wire. Perez was brought on to face the switch-hitting Yasmani Grandal, who's hit just .171 off southpaws this season.
Perez has given up 13 hits through 9.1 innings pitched.
The Nationals haven't entrusted Perez with much playing time this year, and Perez has given them no reason to change that. Opposing hitters are batting .333 against the former starter and that number increases to .403 on balls put in play, which have both played a role in Perez's sky-high ERA of 5.79.
Perez has yielded three runs over 2.1 innings to start this season in two appearances.
Despite the small sample size, Perez's FIP has skyrocketed to 6.79 and his WHIP sits at 1.71. The 34-year-old primarily serves as a lefty specialist these days, and he's coming off a 4.95 ERA with 46 strikeouts over 40 innings last season.
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