Three memorable home runs in the playoffs and a 50% caught stealing percentage behind the dish was enough for the Cleveland Indians to extend backup catcher Roberto Perez on Sunday early afternoon.
The 28-year-old backstop officially signed a four-year contract with club options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Perez is reportedly guaranteed $9-million with an additional $5.5-million and $7-million for each one of his respective options. In total, the Puerto Rican native could earn a maximum value of $21.5-million over the next six seasons.
Since Yan Gomes suffered a separated right shoulder in July of 2016, Perez grasped the opportunity for an everyday role by throwing out 13 of 26 attempted base-stealers, placing ninth among all catchers in pitch framing according to Statcast, launching three postseason home runs and establishing chemistry with a premier starting rotation.
Manager Terry Francona has Perez opening the year as a second-string option behind Gomes on the Opening Day roster.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.