Reds sign hard-throwing veteran left-hander

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Reds on Saturday announced they have signed veteran left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training camp.

Perez, 36, has pitched in Major League Baseball since 2002 and during his career has been both a starter and a reliever. He has appeared in 552 games, 195 of which were starts, and compiled a 69-86 record with three saves and a 4.46 ERA. In 1,367 innings he struck out 1,436 (an average of more than one per inning), but also walked 735.

He has pitched for seven different Major League teams (San Diego, Pittsburgh, New York Mets, Seattle, Arizona, Houston and most recently Washington). Last season with the Nationals he appeared in 50 games and was 0-0 with a 4.64 ERA. He pitched 33 innings and struck out 39. Left-handed batters hit just .227 off of him.

He also appeared in six postseason games for Washington in 2016 and 2017 combined and didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings.

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