D-backs sign P Oliver Perez to minor league contract, claim Baragar
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed relief pitcher Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract with an invite to major league camp on Monday.
Additionally, the team claimed left-handed pitcher Caleb Baragar off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.
Perez re-joins the D-backs after two seasons with the team from 2014-15. In his final 48 games with the team before he was traded in 2015, Perez posted a 2.91 ERA over 58.2 innings pitched. He struck out 76 and walked 24 batters.
It’s a last-minute change of plans for Perez, who announced in February that he was retiring at the conclusion of the 2022 Mexican League season where he was a member of the Toros De Tijuana.
Oliver originally got his start with the San Diego Padres in 2002 before stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2003-06), New York Mets (2006-2010), Seattle Mariners (2012-13), D-backs (2014-15), Houston Astros (2015), Washington Nationals (2016-17) and Cleveland Indians (2018-2021).
In five games with the Indians last season, Perez struck out four and walked one. He did not give up a run and allowed five hits over 3.2 innings.
Arizona’s bullpen includes Mark Melancon, Ian Kennedy, Caleb Smith, Chris Devenski and Joe Mantiply.
Perez is the latest to sign a minor-league deal with the club, with the D-backs also inking infielder Wilmer Difo, reliever Keone Kela and catcher Grayson Greiner over the past week.
Baragar joins Arizona after posting a 1.57 ERA over 23 innings pitched with the Giants last season (25 games). He struck out 16 and walked 12.
The D-backs now have 57 players in camp after the additions of Perez and Baragar.
The D-backs are back in spring-training action Monday against the Mariners at 1:10 p.m. Tune to ESPN 620 AM or 98.7 FM HD-2.