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Tribe releases Perez, completes trade with Padres

By Sheldon Ocker Published: October 31, 2013

Chris Perez's days as the Indians' closer are over.

The Tribe released Perez this afternoon rather than deal with him as an arbitration-elegible player in line to make at leat $9 million next in 2014.

Perez spent a difficult year in Cleveland, missing time with a shoulder injury then suffering a meltdown during the stretch drive that cost him his job.

He also ran afoul of the law for receiving marijuana thorugh the mails.

For the season, he posted a 5-3 record with 35 saves and a 4.33 ERA.

The Tribe completed a trade with San Diego  by acquiring left-handed relever Colt Hynes, who split the first half of the season between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson.

In 10 appearances at San Antonio, he posted an 0.73 ERA in 121/3 innings; at Tucson he compiled a 1.80 ERA in 31 outings, a total of 35 innings.

Hynes also made 22 appearances for the Padres, compiling a 9.00 ERA in 17 innings.

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