Giants reach deal with Gold Glove catcher Pérez

February 6th, 2023

The Giants and veteran catcher on Monday agreed to a Major League contract with a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training.

Pérez, who turned 34 on Dec. 23, is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, taking home the honor in 2019 and '20 while with Cleveland. His strong defense, game-calling ability and rapport with the pitchers he's worked with have kept him in the big leagues since he made his debut in 2014, despite a career .658 OPS.

Pérez's best offensive campaign was in 2019, when he slashed .239/.321/.452 with 24 home runs in 449 plate appearances.

Injuries have plagued Pérez in recent years; he was limited to just 65 games over the past two seasons because of a fractured finger and injuries to his shoulder and hamstring. Over that span, which included 21 games with the Pirates in 2022, he slashed .174/.272/.333.

The Giants' catching corps is led by Joey Bart, and Pérez will presumably compete for a backup role with Austin Wynns.