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Mariners sign LHP Oliver Perez

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced tonight that left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez has signed a one-year contract to return to the club. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

 

Perez, 31, went 1-3 with a 2.12 ERA overall in 33 relief appearances in 2012 with Seattle. He posted the 9th-lowest ERA by an AL reliever with a minimum of 30 appearances after being selected from AAA Tacoma on June 16. Perez had a stretch of 20 consecutive appearances from July 13-Sept. 14 without allowing a run, tied for the 4th-longest streak in club history.

 

“We are happy to have reached a mutual agreement with Oliver,” said Zduriencik. “He did a very nice job in helping solidify our bullpen after his call up last summer. As a veteran left-hander, and one that had adjusted very nicely to his new role, we are looking forward to his contributions as we go into the 2013 campaign.”

 

With Tacoma he went 2-2 with 1 save and a 4.65 ERA (16 ER, 31.0 IP) with 42 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances after signing a minor league contract with the Mariners on January 18, 2012.

 

Perez is a veteran of 10 Major League seasons with San Diego (2002-2003), Pittsburgh (2003-2006), New York-NL (2006-2010) and Seattle (2012). He has a career record of 59-72 with a 4.57 ERA (579 ER, 1141.2 IP) with 1150 strikeouts in 239 games (195 starts).

 

With this signing the Mariners 40-man roster is now at 36 players (see attached roster).

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