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Brewers sign Chris Perez to minor-league contract

The reliever will compete for a spot in the Brewers' bullpen.

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The Brewers have signed reliever Chris Perez to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, according to a team announcement. As Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reported, Perez can earn a maximum of $3 million on the deal if all incentives are reached in the major-leagues.

Perez, 29, will compete for a spot in the Brewers' bullpen during spring training, joining Neal Cotts as recent additions for a Milwaukee club that is said to still be searching for back-end bullpen help and has been linked to Jonathan Papelbon and Francisco Rodriguez in recent days. The team currently has Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith ahead of Jonathan Broxton as late-inning options, but Perez may be able to step in and help with a solid spring training.

Perez spent last season with the Dodgers, posting a 1-3 record and 4.27 ERA in 46.1 innings in his first season outside of Cleveland since 2009. In parts of seven major-league seasons with the Cardinals (2008-2009), Indians (2009-2013) and Dodgers (2014), Perez has posted a 3.51 ERA while notching 133 saves and has been named to the AL All-Star team on two occasions (2011, 2012).