Former Indians closer Chris Perez has reportedly reached a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez first reported the story late on Sunday night. Terms of the deal still have not been reported.
Perez, 28, was released by the Indians back on Oct. 31. He earned $7.3 million in 2013 and was expected to make about $9 million if retained. That’s what made his release a near no-brainer after his disastrous season.
Last year, along with the drug charges and his media blackout, Perez finished with a 4.33 ERA in 54 games. After a breakout 1.71 ERA back in 2010, he regressed every season since and became a major target of Cleveland fans. The Indians have since signed veteran reliever John Axford to take over the closing duties in 2014.
In Los Angeles, the enigmatic Perez will likely join their middle relieving corps. Their closer is dominant youngster Kenley Jansen and they signed setup man Brian Wilson to a one-year $10 million deal. The one-year contract for Perez could enable him to re-establish his free agency value for next season, if he can get his control back together in the National League.