Cubs Sign Perez to Minor League Contract

The Chicago Cubs today announced that infielder Tomas Perez has signed a minor league deal with Triple-A Iowa and will be invited to big league camp.

Perez, 33, saw action in 99 games with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006, including 68 starts at five different positions (33 at shortstop, 18 at second base, 13 at third base, three in right field and one at first base). The switch-hitter batted .257 (29-for-113) after the break and finished the campaign with a .212 (51-for-241) average, 12 doubles and 16 RBI.

A native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Perez owns a .240 career batting average (453-for-1886) with 24 home runs and 180 RBI in 781 games with the Toronto Blue Jays (1995-1998), Philadelphia Phillies (2000-2005) and Tampa Bay (2006). A versatile fielder, Perez has a .993 fielding percentage (2 E/270 TC) in 47 games at first base, a .982 mark (17 E/937 TC) in 235 games at second base, a .974 percentage in 201 games at shortstop (20 E/765 TC) and a .951 mark in 170 games at third base (16 E/329 TC).

Perez was originally signed by Montreal as non-drafted free agent in July of 1991 before he was selected by the California Angels in the Major League portion of the 1994 Rule V draft and traded to Toronto.

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