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    Via Twitter, the Star-Tribune's LaVelle Neal announced the signing of left-handed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league contract today. He had been non-tendered by the Cleveland Indians in November after pitching in just eight games for the team in 2012. He fought a side injury early in the season and later was out for the season due to a shoulder injury.

    However, in his seven seasons (all in Cleveland), he was a very good reliever, most of the time. In all, he worked 329 innings in 338 games. He posted an ERA of 3.64 with a WHIP of 1.33.

    In 2009, he posted a 7.31 ERA in 54 games. However, in his five other big league seasons, he never posted an ERA over 3.54.

    The left-hander's platoon splits are actually quite similar. In his career, lefties have posted a .678 OPS while right-handed batters posted a .694 OPS. He has struckout 21% of right-handed batters faced and about 17% of left-handers.

    Although he is just 30-years-old, his best years were 2006 through 2008 when he averaged more than a strikeout per inning. His K-Rates the past four seasons have been 6.0, 5.3, 4.7 and 4.7, so expectations should be kept minimized.

    What does it mean for the Twins? Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing will be in the Twins bullpen. If the Twins choose to have a third lefty in the bullpen, Perez will compete with Tyler Robertson, who spent the second half of the 2012 season with the Twins, and Minnesotan Caleb Thielbar, who was added to the Twins 40 man roster in November after pitching well at three levels a year ago.

    Specifics of the minor league deal are not yet public.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Sign Lefty Reliever Rafael Perez started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 55 Comments
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Why are the Twins signing guys who can potentially be good SP or very good RP when they could be signing a 7th AAAA Catcher? God, it's clear Terry Ryan just doesn't care any more.
      Obsess much?

      Please cite the evidence that Perez is a "potentially good SP". Perhaps his 0.92 IP/Appearance since 2008? Or the last time he actually started a game?- 7 starts in AAA in 2007. Or maybe the fact that he went 60-day DL and pitched all of 7.2 innings last year because of the damage done to his arm by throwing 60% sliders the last 2 years when he had to rely heavily on another pitch to stay in the league- given that he has lost nearly 5MPH on his fastball. Or maybe not having any viable offer since he was DFAd in November?

      I'll give the Twins this, they maintained their pattern of low-risk/high reward signings- along with the accompanying pie in the sky PR hyperbole. Coming back to reality and crossing of fingers, there's a fighting chance he could be serviceable as a RP, Burton came in last year with lower expectations than Perez.

      Going back to the Catcher/MI ongoing debacle, at least Ryan signed JR Towles (,770 AAA OPS) to give some semblance of embarrassment and urgency about carrying a bench player with a career .497 OPS. This year? Not so much.
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      I guess this is place where we are to comment. My page has only one comment on it as opposed to page linked from the left. He signed to a MiLB contract so this seems like a low-risk investment. Goodness, the Twins could use improvement in the pen so I can't see any big deal.
    1. benhertz's Avatar
      benhertz -
      Mauer: 3-12, 2B, 2 BB, 2 K, .690 OPS
      Morneau: 4-19, 2B, 2 BB, K, .536 OPS
      _ _ _ _ _
      Span: 1-13, 2 BB, 5 K, .264 OPS
      Thome: 1-18, BB, 7 K, GIDP, .161 OPS
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      This ignore feature is pretty nice.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      This ignore feature is pretty nice.
      And yet, you somehow still found a way to comment.

      In addition, nice response to the facts presented in reply to your assertion about Perez being a "potentially good SP". Sky color in your world, again?
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      And yet, you somehow still found a way to comment.

      In addition, nice response to the facts presented in reply to your assertion about Perez being a "potentially good SP". Sky color in your world, again?
      Oh, Brother.
    1. mcrow's Avatar
      mcrow -
      I'm all for kicking tires so if it doesn't cost you much why not?
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by mcrow View Post
      I'm all for kicking tires so if it doesn't cost you much why not?
      I guess you didn't see that superbowl ad.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by luke829 View Post
      WAR is a very overrated stat.
    1. mcrow's Avatar
      mcrow -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I guess you didn't see that superbowl ad.
      Nope, no idea at all what you mean.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by mcrow View Post
      I'm all for kicking tires so if it doesn't cost you much why not?
      I'm guessing the fact of Perez not having his tires kicked since November AND being a lefty, means the Twins got him for realllly cheap. The Twins have 2 legit lefty BP options- unfortuantely, one is the Closer and the other they continue to have wet dreams about returning to the rotation. The current third option still has a lot to prove if his upside is anything other than a LOOGY. While this is clearly a move from weakness rather than strength- If Perez gives 50% worth of Burton's production in 2012 (0.9 WAR) then TR successfully repolished a tarnished gem, certainly worth finding out.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by mcrow View Post
      Nope, no idea at all what you mean.
      Kia fembots get a bit protective over their distant cousin. Had to be there, I guess.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      21 posts on this thread vs 12 (tho you can only see one!!!) on the main page (which I didnt initially see either).....you guys are gonna get someone mad!!!!

      148Ks in 137IP 108h 38bb 1.06whip in 07/08 but only 105k in 179.2IP 202H 73bb 1.53whip since......what happenned??
      Obviously the past 4 yrs caught the Twins/Rick Andersons attention!!
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      He will be the Matt Malloney replacement. I have no issues with this, unless they consider him ahead of Tyler Robertson as far as depth goes...
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      21 posts on this thread vs 12 (tho you can only see one!!!) on the main page (which I didnt initially see either).....you guys are gonna get someone mad!!!!

      148Ks in 137IP 108h 38bb 1.06whip in 07/08 but only 105k in 179.2IP 202H 73bb 1.53whip since......what happenned??
      Obviously the past 4 yrs caught the Twins/Rick Andersons attention!!
      According to Rob St Antony and Dave St Vodka, those numbers make him a prime starting candidate.

      He's continued to lose a ton of velocity in the last few years and has been begun relying heavily on one pitch the last two, apparently resulting in his arm to begin to breakdown. Okay, then, let's give iron man the ball every 5th day., then.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Thank god we taxpayers built target field, it is signings like this that make paying higher taxes totally worth it. But then, now that they have target field, Dave is saying payroll does not matter.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      WAR is a very overrated stat.
      In what way? In single season serving size and unadjusted for age and other factors, it's not a very good predictive tool, but then it wasn't meant to be. As far as quantifying what a player did to help his team win in a give season, it's awfully good.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Oh, Brother.
      So Vodka goes off topic and you're blaming it on jokin?
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      There is no blame.
      There is only peace. And what it offers us and our brothers.
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