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Rafael Perez headed to Rangers on minor league deal

Jan 18, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rangers have signed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to major league spring training.

Perez turns 32 years old in May and hasn’t appeared in the majors since left shoulder surgery in September of 2012. He pitched in the minors with the Twins and Red Sox last year, posting a 2.60 ERA and 32/8 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A.

Perez owns a 3.64 ERA over 338 appearances in the majors, all with the Indians. He has made 70 or more appearances in three seasons, so the heavy workload obviously took a toll on his arm, but the Rangers are hoping that he’ll be able to revive his career or at least serve as bullpen depth in the minor leagues.

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