Source: Twins, lefty Perez reach 1-year deal

January 19th, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher , which includes a club option for a second season, a source confirmed to's Jon Paul Morosi. The club has not confirmed the deal.
The Twins have been looking to build their pitching depth this offseason, and Perez could bring a more experienced option to the competition for the unclaimed fifth spot in the Twins' rotation with several young pitchers, including , , Kohl Stewart, and Chase De Jong.
The 27-year-old Perez spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Rangers and had a 2-7 record with a career-worst 6.22 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 85 1/3 innings in 2018. Though he had been used almost exclusively as a starter prior to last season, he was moved primarily to the bullpen in August after recording a 6.95 ERA through his first 13 starts.
Perez became a free agent after the Rangers did not exercise a $7.5 million club option for 2019. Though he went 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 2013 and finished sixth in American League Rookie of the Year Award voting, he hasn't recorded an ERA below 4.00 since then and has a career 4.63 ERA while calling the hitter-friendly Globe Life Park his home park for his entire career.
The southpaw has always pitched to contact, as he's never posted a strikeout rate higher than 16.9 percent at the Major League level and has eclipsed 100 strikeouts in a season only twice in his career. He became increasingly reliant on his sinker in 2018, which he threw more than 50 percent of the time, per Statcast™.