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Twins sign Rafael Perez to minor league deal

Feb 14, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Minnesota has signed left-hander Rafael Perez to a minor-league contract, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Perez was non-tendered by the Indians in November following a season in which he was limited to eight appearances because of a shoulder injury that required surgery in September.

However, prior to the shoulder problems Perez was one of the most effective southpaw setup men in baseball with a 3.64 career ERA and a sub-3.60 ERA in four of his five full seasons with the Indians.

At the time of the surgery he was expected to be recovered sometime around spring training, so if healthy the 31-year-old Perez will compete with Tyler Robertson to be the third left-hander in the bullpen behind closer Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing.

  1. twinsfanstl - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    me likely

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Rumor has it they want to see if he can transition to the rotation.

    That’ll be…um…interesting?!

  3. JB (the original) - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    They signed him to get over the minimum needed for a group discount for the Fort Myers’ clinic shuttle.

  4. dadandrusko - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Demonstrating once again that to pitch for the Twins, the minimum requirement is not that you necessarily have any ability but have had arm/shoulder/elbow surgery.

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