In an attempt to add a third lefty to a right-handed heavy bullpen, the Yankees announced they have reached a Minor League agreement with veteran southpaw Oliver Perez. He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The well-traveled 36-year-old has pitched in a total of fifteen MLB seasons, compiling a 69-86 record with a 4.46 ERA. Perez has played for seven different teams, and Yankees fans may recall his time with the Mets from 2006-10. Last season with the Nationals, he appeared in 50 games pitching to a 4.64 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 33 innings. He has racked up double-digit K/9 IP in the last five seasons.
Perez’s deal is a typical low-risk, high-reward contract, as the Yankees hope to take advantage of whatever the lefty reliever has left in the tank.