Pirates Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Rafael Perez to Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league deal and have assigned him to Indianapolis, per an Indianapolis press release.

Perez has a career 3.64 ERA in 329 innings in the majors, with a 7.3 K/9 and a 3.2 BB/9. He spent all seven years in the majors with the Cleveland Indians, with his last year being 2012. Perez spent the 2013 season between the Boston and Minnesota farm systems, and has split the 2014 season between the Rangers’ Triple-A squad and the Mexican League. He had a 3.92 ERA in 43.2 innings in the Mexican League, with an 8.7 K/9 and a 1.6 BB/9.

Perez has dealt with shoulder issues the last few years, having surgery in late-2012. He was released by the Texas Rangers on April 17th this year after putting up some poor numbers early in the season in Triple-A.

The numbers in the Mexican League give hope that Perez is back to being healthy. This is a no-risk signing, as he’s only taking up a spot on the Triple-A roster if he doesn’t work out. It also has a high reward, since Perez was a solid lefty reliever as recently as two to three years ago. If he is back to his old self, he could be a nice addition to┬áthe Pirates’ bullpen down the stretch.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Scott

    Solid depth, but Pirates don’t seem to care about using it. Oliver should be up over Wilson, and Mazzaro over Frieri.

    • R Edwards

      You are making too much sense….watch it!

  • Thom

    Groundball inducing LHP who favors a slider and has had previous success in the majors. Sounds very logical for the Bucs.

  • piraddict

    Is Wilson out of options? He could use a stint in AAA where he pitches more frequently to work out his control issues.

  • R Edwards

    The mighty Ike Davis…….Had another late PH opportunity to impact a close game tonight. Last night, strikes out with bases loaded. Tonight, ground out with runners on the corners.

    Great trade Neal!

    Mets must be giggling.

    • Scott

      While we’re talking bad trades….Bryan Morris: 21.1 IP, 0 ER w/ Marlins.

      • R Edwards

        I said that immediately after the Morris trade. just a very poor return with a reliever who we spent years developing, and who was ready to be a significant contributor. Our loss. Good thing we didn’t make such a rush to judgment in Watson’s first two years – which were less than stellar.

        BTW, where is Connor Joe? Is he hurt? I don’t see him playing anywhere yet??