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Twins sign Martin Perez to 1-year deal

Minnesota adds lefty starter to its rotation in hopes it can improve on the mound in 2019.

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The Twins and left-hander Martin Perez are in agreement on a one-year contract with a club option for a second year, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Financial figures for the deal were not included in Rosenthal’s tweet, but Perez is getting a big-league contract despite having an dismal 2018 campaign. The 27-year-old Venezuelan posted a 6.22 ERA in 85 13 innings pitched in his seventh and final season with the Rangers. Perez has not had a good career to date, going 43-49 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP in 761 13 innings across 141 appearances, including 128 starts. His best season was his rookie year in 2013, when he went 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 124 13 innings pitched over 20 starts.

Perez will look to compete for a starting spot on the Twins’ staff, which includes Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Kyle Gibson and currently a combination of Stephen Gonsalves, Adalberto Mejia, Kohl Stewart and Zack Littell. Last year, the Twins ranked in the bottom third of the majors in ERA, quality starts and batting average against. Their struggles as a staff contributed to them failing to make the postseason for the second straight season.