A day after signing shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, the indians continued the trend by signing closer Chris Perez also to a one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season. The deals kept both players out of arbitration.
With veteran Kerry Wood on the disabled list last season, Perez emerged as the Tribe's closer of the future. He went 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA. In 63 relief innings, Perez limited opponnets to 12 earned runs while striking out 61 batters and issuing 28 walks for a .182 average against), notching a team-best 23 saves in 27 chances. He ended the season with a consecutive save streak of 10 from Aug. 16th through the end of the season and saved 18 of his last 19 chances. His 1.71 ERA was the second lowest relief ERA in the American League as he recorded an ERA of 0.53 after June 27th.