Giants agree to minor-league deal with Roberto Perez
The San Francisco Giants bolstered their catching depth, agreeing to a minor-league contract with veteran catcher Roberto Perez.
Perez spent the 2022 campaign with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 34-year-old appeared in 69 games and posted a .700 OPS with two home runs and eight RBIs.
The Boston Red Sox were also in pursuit of Perez and made an aggressive bid to secure his services, according to MassLive's Chris Cotillo. Perez ultimately decided that the Giants were a better fit for him.
Perez spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Cleveland Guardians, helping them reach the World Series in 2016. He has developed into one of the best defensive catchers in the game, winning a pair of Gold Gloves during his time in Cleveland.
Perez will form a catching tandem with Joey Bart in San Francisco. Bart showed flashes last year of the form that made him the second overall pick in 2018. The 26-year-old hit 11 home runs with 34 RBIs across 97 games in 2022.