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Cleveland Releases Closer Perez

Posted By Kate Reiter On October 31, 2013 @ 3:30 PM In MLB | No Comments

Perez_Indians_2013 [1]Facing a decision on whether to tender him a 2014 contract via arbitration, the Indians have decided to simply release closer Chris Perez.

Perez made off-field headlines when he was arrested for having marijuana delivered to his house in his dog’s name this season, but he also missed time on the disabled list and struggled with a 4.33 ERA and five blown saves in 30 chances.

Perez was acquired from the Cardinals in the mid-2009 trade for Mark DeRosa and ended up spending five seasons in Cleveland, saving 124 games with a 3.33 ERA and 251 strikeouts in 268 innings.

However, his velocity was down this season and he served up too many homers to go along with what has always been shaky control.

Source: Aaron Gleeman, NBC Sports, Hardball Talk [2]


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