Report: Red Sox Sign Lefty Reliever Rafael Perez to Minor League Contract

Rafael PerezThe Red Sox have been forced to deal with injuries to their bullpen this season, and they’re apparently trying to add more depth to the mix.

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Red Sox have signed left-handed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league contract.

MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reported earlier in the day on Thursday that Perez was in Boston, but that a deal was not yet official, and FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi also tweeted that Perez was in Boston.

It’s interesting that Perez’s reported signing comes with the Indians in town. The 31-year-old spent the last seven seasons with the Tribe before signing with the Twins as a free agent during the offseason. Perez was released by Minnesota last week.

Perez, who is coming off shoulder surgery, appeared in just eight games in 2012, compiling a 3.52 ERA over 7 2/3 innings. The lefty has appeared in 70 or more games in three separate seasons, though, including 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Perez went 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 71 appearances (63 innings) in 2011. He owns a career 3.64 ERA and 1.328 WHIP.

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