Catcher Roberto Perez and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a one-year contract, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 30, 2021
Roberto Perez agrees to Pirates deal. $5M, 1 year. @JeffPassan 1st— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 30, 2021
Perez was selected by the then-Cleveland Indians in the 33rd round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur draft and has spent his entire eight-year MLB career with the organization.
Through his first five seasons, Perez was a part-time player, but the native of Puerto Rico broke out with a 24-home run campaign in 2019. That was the only season of Perez's career thus far where he's played in over 100 games (119), and in addition to the career-best home run total, he set career-highs in RBIs (63), runs scored (46), hits (93) and walks (45), while earning his first of two straight Gold Glove awards.
During Cleveland's 2016 playoff run to Game 7 of the World Series, Perez went finished with three home runs and seven RBIs in 15 games played.