Tigers sign Timo Perez to minor league deal
The Tigers brought back another key part of their depth in the farm system, agreeing to terms with outfielder Timo Perez on a Minor League contract.
Perez will be part of the Major League camp in Spring Training, but is expected to open the season back in the outfield at Triple-A Toledo, where he has been one of the International League’s top hitters for the past two seasons. Perez, who turns 34 years old in April, hit .302 in 112 games with the Mud Hens last season with 30 doubles, 13 home runs, 63 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.
The emergence of Matt Joyce and Jeff Larish likely cost Perez any chance at a call up to Detroit. His path to the big leagues isn’t much clearer this season after the Tigers signed Alexis Gomez earlier this offseason. Still, his bat from the left side and his ability to hit for average gives the club some insurance.
Perez last appearance in the Majors with the Tigers in 2007, batting .389 (35-for-90) with nine doubles and 13 RBIs in 29 games. He’s a career .269 hitter in the big leagues with 91 doubles, 26 homers and 185 RBIs in 603 games.