A willingness to accommodate the needs of Edwin Encarnacion has been evident through the Cleveland Indians transactions this past week.
After signing OF Wily Mo Pena to a minor league contract on Monday, the Tribe agreed to another MiLB deal with LHP Luis Perez on Friday early afternoon. Both players hail from the Dominican Republic and were reportedly recommended to the front office by Encarnacion, according to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com.
Perez is a 32-year-old southpaw with no big league experience since 2011-13 with the Blue Jays. He was signed by Toronto as a international prospect out of Guayubin, DR back in 2006 and dominated his first professional season in the Dominican Summer League (4-0, 1.38 ERA, 85 IP, 47 H, 19 R, 13 ER, 23 BB, 107 K).
Ever since, the left-hander has struggled to secure a spot on a major league roster with a 4.50 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 9.3 H/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 112 MLB frames. Most recently, Perez logged 21.1 dreadful innings with the Yakult Swallows (Tokyo) of the Japan Central League (JCL) in 2016 (2-2, 8.02 ERA, 26 H, 20 R, 19 ER, 15 BB, 19K).
Perez has been assigned to Triple-A Columbus and will arrive at spring training in early March.
In addition to the minor league acquisition, the Indians also traded RHP Austin Adams to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for cash considerations.
Adams had a dismal 2016 campaign (9.82 ERA, .333 opposing BA, 1.85 WHIP, 13.25 H/9) and was designated for assignment on Tuesday to clear space for LHP Boone Logan.
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