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Indians sign Roberto Perez to four-year contract

One of the key contributors in last year's World Series run could potentially play for the Cleveland Indians until 2022. The IBI's John Alfes details Roberto Perez's new four-year deal...

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.

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