Pitcher Oliver Perez signs two-year deal with Arizona

By Laura Hundemer,

Left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez has signed a two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal is worth $4.25 million. The agreement is based on the completion of a successful physical exam.

Perez is coming from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the last two seasons as a relief pitcher. Prior to 2012, Perez was a starting pitcher, but Seattle transitioned him to a bullpen man. According to Fox Sports, Perez was 4-6 with two saves and a 3.16 ERA with the Mariners, striking out 98 in 82-2/3 innings.

Perez is joining a crowded bullpen staff. According to the Associated Press, Perez would join a bullpen full of veteran pitchers that includes Addison Reed, J.J. Putz and setup men Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez.

Perez has played for the San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and the Mariners; he spent 2011 in the Washington Nationals' minor league system. He has a 62-75 record in 195 starts and 105 relief appearances over 11 seasons in Major League Baseball.

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