Mariners Add LHP Rafael Perez to Spring Training Roster
Looking to add depth to the left-handed pitchers pool, the Mariners have signed veteran relief pitcher Rafael Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Perez will report to Arizona in a little over a week when pitchers and catchers hold the first workout on Saturday, February 21.
Perez, 32, has made 338 Major League relief appearances, all coming with the Cleveland Indians from 2006-2012. He last appeared in the Majors in 2012 making 8 appearances with Cleveland.
Last season he appeared in 24 games (16 starts) with AAA Round Rock (Texas organization), Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz (Mexican League) and AAA Indianapolis (Pittsburgh organization). In 16 starts he went 6-6, 2.97 ERA (30 ER, 91.0 IP), and in 8 relief appearances he went 0-1, 2.19 ERA (3 ER, 12.1 IP).
Perez pitched for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League posting a 2.31 ERA in 15 games (6 GS) during the regular season and was 3-1, 0.84 ERA (3 ER, 32.0 IP) in 6 playoff starts. He also made one start in the Caribbean Series, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings vs. Cuba.
Over a four-season stretch from 2008-2011, Perez made 268 appearances tied for the most by an American League relief pitcher (with Craig Breslow). Perez made 6 relief appearances in the 2007 playoffs as the Indians fell one win shy of reaching the World Series.
Here is a look at the pitchers with the most relief appearances in the American League from 2008-2011:
Here is a look at Perez’s professional career: