Indians Add Reliever Perez on Minors Deal, Trade Adams to Angels
Bob Toth | On 11, Feb 2017
The Cleveland Indians continued to make minor tweaks to their roster for the coming season as they signed free agent reliever Luis Perez to a minor league contract and shipped reliever Austin Adams to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations.
The minor league pact with the 32-year-old left-handed Perez did not include an invitation to spring training. He last appeared in the Majors in 2013 with the Toronto Blue Jays after a lengthy and complicated recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2012.
Signed by the Blue Jays as an amateur free agent in 2003, he worked in the Toronto farm system until making his Major League debut in 2011. He appeared in 37 games, including four starts, and posted a 3-3 record with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
He was back on the Jays roster to start 2012 and was 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP when left elbow discomfort led to Tommy John surgery. He would be shelved until June of the following year, when he made one minor league rehab appearance before being shut down with complications. He later returned in August, pitching at High-A Dunedin and Triple-A Buffalo before returning to the Major League roster in six relief appearances. He had surgery again in the offseason, this time to remove scar tissue from the area of his Tommy John procedure.
He went to spring camp with the Jays in 2014 but was released in the third week of March. He signed with the Atlanta Braves before the month closed, but did not appear in any regular season action for the club at the Major or minor league levels. He re-signed with the Blue Jays after the season and spent 2015 appearing in 28 games at Double-A New Hampshire and nine games at Triple-A Buffalo.
He spent 2016 in the Japan Central League with the Yakult Swallows in Tokyo, going 2-2 with an 8.02 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP in 19 games (one start). Control seemed to be one of his bigger concerns as he walked 15 batters in 21 1/3 innings for a 6.3 walks per nine rate.
Perez, who was recommended to the Indians by his former teammate and countrymate Edwin Encarnacion, will head to spring training with the minor leaguers in March.
Adams was swapped to the Angels for cash on Friday. He was designated for assignment earlier in the week when the club formally announced the addition of free agent reliever Boone Logan. The 30-year-old right-hander Adams was a fifth round pick by Cleveland in the 2009 draft and after beginning his career as a minor league starter, he converted to relief work after dealing with rotator cuff and labrum issues that cost him his entire 2012 season.
He reached the Majors in 2014 and had appeared with the Indians in 53 contests over each of the last three seasons, posting a 2-0 record with one save, a 6.29 ERA, and a 1.60 WHIP in 58 2/3 innings.
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