Promising left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone is back on the Indians’ roster, but the Tribe might be saying goodbye to veteran Rafael Perez.
In two moves Wednesday the Tribe placed Hagadone on the 40-man roster and designated Perez for assignment, which means the club has 10 days to make a deal for him or submit him to the waiver process.
Perez, 30, has been a mainstay in the Indians’ bullpen for seven years, but an injury last season limited his appearances to eight games. He gave three runs in 7⅔ innings.
Because he is eligible for arbitration and the Tribe is well-stocked with young relievers, Perez was a candidate to be non-tendered. Last season he made $2,000,005, a sum that he probably would be awarded again if an arbitrator set his salary. The Indians are not likely to put themselves at risk to pay him that much in 2013.
During his career, all of which has been spent with the Indians, Perez is 21-12 with three saves and a 3.64 ERA. He also averaged 48 appearances and 47 innings per season.
Hagadone, one of the young pitchers in the bullpen, was placed on the disqualified list in July after he struck an object in the clubhouse in anger and fractured a bone in his left hand following a poor performance on the mound. Players on the disqualified list cannot receive their salaries or earn service time. A grievance by the players union still is pending, even though Hagadone has now been reinstated.
Hagadone is expected to compete for a spot in the bullpen when spring training begins in February.
— Sheldon Ocker