Tribe Bullpen as Strong Ever

In 2011 and 2012 the Cleveland Indians had a bullpen that was good enough to develop a nickname. The 2014 Tribe bullpen does not have any special monikers but may well be better than those pens that were the backbone of struggling baseball teams. After a 2013 season of bullpen question marks and implosions, the Indians are enjoying a fantastic relief season this year. The pen is...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole scratched from rehab start tomorrow

While we were in with Hurdle MT @indyindians Sat. SP will be Rafael Perez. Had earlier been announced that Gerrit Cole would be starting. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) August 2, 2014
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Perez

RAFAEL PEREZ LEFT HANDED PITCHER Born: May 15, 1982 Height: 6’3″ Weight: 195 Bats: Left Throws: Left Signed: Int’l free agent, 2002 (Indians) How Acquired: Minor league free agent Country: Dominican Republic Agent: Drew Seccafico WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Perez has had an up-and-down career.  He established himself as a good starting pitching prospect...
Via Pirates Prospects
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Perez, Gray each pitch 2 innings, A's-Rangers tie

PHOENIX (AP) -- Oakland designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes drove in a run with a sacrifice fly against Martin Perez as the Athletics and Texas Rangers played to a 2-all tie Saturday. The game was stopped after nine innings. Billy Burns, who replaced Coco Crisp in the starting lineup just before gametime, had two hits, stole two bases and recorded a pair of outfield assists for the...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Top Five Tribe Bullpens of the Last 20 Years

Which, if any, late-inning units topped the Bullpen Mafia? No portion of a Major League Baseball team’s roster experiences more in the way of volatility than a bullpen. One year you think you have it perfect, the next, the same guys look like they don’t belong in the same roles. Sometimes its injury; sometimes its just plain ineffectiveness. But year to year, the ultimate success...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #34 LHP Giovanni Soto

The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto. Soto reminds a lot of people with his size and stuff of former Indians lefty specialist Rafael Perez and he was expected to impact the Indians bullpen last season but injury kept that from happening. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what happened...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Notes: Texas signs Rafael Perez to minor league contract

Looking to bolster their relief corps, the Texas Rangers agreed to terms with left-hander Rafael Perez on minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, as first reported by Chris Cotillo.#Rangers plan to use Rafael Perez as a reliever. Seems to have a chance to make the bullpen out of spring training. Got MLB invite.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 19, 2014Once...
Via MLB Injury News
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

LHP Perez minor deal in Texas with spring invite

The Texas Rangers have agreed to a minor league deal with left-hander Rafael Perez that includes an invitation to major league spring training. Texas announced the deal with the 31-year-old Perez on Saturday. Perez pitched for minor league affiliates in the Minnesota and Boston organizations last season, going a combined 3-2 with a 2.60 ERA and six saves over 29 relief appearances...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

A Return to Sanity: Reliever Prices Dropping

Being a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball is one of the most volatile jobs in all of professional sports. There is no other position where the average player can go from greatest ever (Eric Gagne from 2002 through 2004) to really expensive minor leaguer (Gagne from 2005 through 2009) in such a quick time. While not everyone experiences the highs of Gagne, there are many more...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: December 19, 2013

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in offseason winter ball leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game. Puerto Rico Winter League Joseph Colon (SP, Cangrejeros de Santurce...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

While We’re Waiting… Dion Waiters playing well early

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com. This fella had a very nice game on Wednesday despite the loss: “Ideally, though...
Via Waiting For Next Year
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Possible free agent options that can help the Indians bullpen

Entering the 2013 season, the bullpen looked to be an area of strength for Cleveland, with top set up men Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano, and closerChris Perez.  While Smith performed well all season, Pestano and Perez both struggled and the bullpen often times left fans clinging to the edges of their seats. With Smith entering free agency, Perez being released, and Pestano working...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

MMN Exclusive Interview: Signed As An Infielder, Luis Cessa Converts To Pitching And Becomes A Star

The Mets signed Luis Cessa as an international free agent in June, 2008, but they ended up with more than they figured they would get. Prior to signing on the dotted line, he gave himself a few options to make it in professional baseball. “Before I signed to play pro ball, I was a pitcher and an infielder but the priority at that moment to sign was as an infielder,” says Cessa...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 MLB Draft: Sleepers, awards, and predictions

Every year after the draft I do a tools piece, and every year it doesn't really generate much interest. As a writer it seemed time to change it up a bit and shake up how I go about this article. I wanted to make it more fun and give some awards and predictions. Make this a little more interesting, and a little less analytical. First player to the majors is....Kyle Crockett LHP...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Scott Raab on LeBron James, “The Block,” Josh Gordon, Chris Perez and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-10

Scott started off the day making fun of my Keurig machine. After that we talked a lot about sports and a bit about neckties and contrived fashion. Keurig machines and how communist they are Neckties and bow ties The idea that the necktie is a marker at all is strange The band concert uniform Suspenders vs. belts Gallagher and an impromptu balloon animal show for porn...
Via Waiting For Next Year
June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Notes from the Wigwam: Mistakes lead to rough week

It’s always tough for a baseball team to go 2-5 in the span of a week. Of course, it’s even more difficult to deal with when you realize that the Cleveland Indians mostly had a bad week not because they were legitimately beaten but because they kept shooting themselves in the foot. The team did play poorly against the Detroit Tigers, which led to them getting swept 2-0 in the...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

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

The 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...
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May 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox sign LHP Rafael Perez to a minor league deal

The Red Sox made a small move Thursday night, signing left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez to a minor league deal, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. According to Bastian's colleague, Ian Browne, Perez will likely be assigned to Double-A Portland. Perez, who was released by the Twins last Friday, posted a 2.25 ERA in four games for AAA Rochester to begin the season. In seven...
Via CLNS Radio
May 23, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Bullpen Preview

The 2013 Indians bullpen will be the most similar section of the team to the past few seasons with just a couple changes going into the next season. The backbone will be exactly the same as past seasons with Chris Perez staying in the closers role despite repeated trade rumors. Looking back on 2012, it seems that Perez's frustrations with Manny Acta's managing style during...
Via Burning River Baseball
February 17, 2013  |  Discuss

The Twins DID sign someone new

This was supposed to be an active off season for the Minnesota Twins, especially on the free agent market. After a slow start, it became apparent that the team wasn’t going to be making much of a splash. Then, after making a couple trades, they started to make some moves in the free agent market, and they were horrifying. Kevin Correia for how much? Mike Pelfrey? Rich Harden? All...
Via The Rhino and Compass
February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins sign pitcher Perez to minor-league deal

Just two days into spring training, the Minnesota Twins have already added to the roster. The Twins on Thursday signed left-hander Rafael Perez to a minor league contract, the team announced. The 30-year-old Perez will report to camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday. Perez missed most of the 2012 season with a left shoulder injury and eventually had surgery on the shoulder in September...
Via Fox Sports North
February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins sign pitcher Perez to minor-league deal

Just two days into spring training, the Minnesota Twins have already added to the roster. The Twins on Thursday signed left-hander Rafael Perez to a minor league contract, the team announced. The 30-year-old Perez will report to camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday. Perez missed most of the 2012 season with a left shoulder injury and eventually had surgery on the shoulder in September...
Via Fox Sports North
February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians part ways with reliever Perez

The Cleveland Indians designated reliever Rafael Perez for assignment on Wednesday. Perez battled shoulder problems this season and had surgery in September. The left-hander pitched in just eight games for the Indians in 2012, none after April. He had pitched in 70 or more games in three of the previous four seasons. Perez has a career record of 21-12 with a 3.66 ERA.
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians reinstate LHP Nick Hagadone to roster

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have reinstated left-hander Nick Hagadone to the 40-man roster and designated lefty Rafael Perez for assignment. Hagadone appeared in 27 games before his season ended when he lost his temper and broke his left arm after a bad outing against Boston on July 6. The Indians optioned him to the minors and placed him on the suspended list. He filed a grievance...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 28, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB News: Indians DFA Rafael Perez, re-instate Nick Hagadone

The Cleveland Indians announced a minor shuffling of their only true strength today, reinstating left-handed relief pitcher Nick Hagadone to the 40-man roster. To make room for the hard-throwing 26-year old, the team designated the oft-injured Rafael Perez for assignment. After appearing in 70 and 71 games, respectively through 2010 and 2011, Perez pitched in only eight games in...
Via Waiting For Next Year
November 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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