Free agent Roberto Perez made his winter ball debut in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League of Puerto Rico Tuesday night for his hometown Indios de Mayaguez against Criollos de Caguas.
Perez, a catcher who has played in the Major Leagues for Cleveland and Pittsburgh, got two at-bats for Mayaguez. He came up with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the second and popped out to left. In the bottom of the fourth with Cages leading 1-0, Perez came up with two outs and a runner on second and popped out behind second base to end the inning.
After eight seasons in Cleveland, Perez signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent for $5 million for 2022 and became a free agent again at the end of the season. He’s been a backup most of his career, appearing in more than 80 games just once, in 2019, when he played in 119 games, hitting 24 home runs and winning the first of back-to-back Gold Gloves. Known for his defense, Perez has batted .207/.298/.360 for his career.