February 27, 2024

Pink Sox

From 2019-20, Perez threw out 47.6% of base stealers (30 of 63).

Roberto Perez has solely performed in 26 video games over the past two seasons. (AP Picture/Tony Dejak)

The Pink Sox reportedly bolstered their depth behind the plate on Wednesday, with Boston signing catcher Roberto Peréz to a contract, per Jon Heyman of The New York Post. 

MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo added that Perez’s signing is a minor-league contract with Boston, which incorporates an invitation to major-league camp. Perez will earn $1.4 million as a base wage on the big-league stage.

Cotillo added that the Red Sox “pushed” for Perez last winter as a veteran depth pick-up behind each Connor Wong and Reese McGuire, with Perez finally opting to signal with the Giants in free company. 

Perez, who will flip 35 subsequent week, has established himself as top-of-the-line defensive catchers in baseball over the previous couple of seasons. He received back-to-back Gold Gloves with the Cleveland Guardians in 2019 and 2020. Over these two seasons, Perez threw out 47.6% of base stealers (30 of 63).

Nevertheless, accidents have hindered Perez over the previous couple of seasons. Since taking dwelling that defensive {hardware} with Cleveland, Perez has solely performed in 102 video games over the previous 4 seasons — together with simply 26 over the earlier two years.

He signed with the Pirates in 2022 however solely performed in 21 video games earlier than a extreme hamstring pressure put him on the shelf for the season. After opting to signal with the Giants over the Pink Sox, Perez performed simply 5 video games in San Francisco earlier than going underneath the knife for shoulder surgical procedure.

In his MLB profession, Perez has batted .207 with a .298 on-base share, .358 slugging share, .655 OPS, and 55 dwelling runs over 516 video games.

Although Wong and McGuire stay as the 2 Pink Sox catchers on the 40-man roster, Boston will probably give Perez alternatives throughout spring coaching to try to struggle for a spot on the MLB roster.