The Orioles now have a full 40-man roster, as they have claimed left-hander Cionel Pérez off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.
Pérez, 25, was signed in 2016 by the Houston Astros as an international free agent out of Cuba.
The Havana native made his big league debut in 2018 with Houston and spent a little over five years in the organization, before getting traded to the Reds in January of this year.
Pérez has only pitched in 45 games at the Major League level, all out of the bullpen. In those games, he has tallied 52 strikeouts to 35 walks, with an ERA of 6.04 in 50.2 innings pitched.
This past season with Cincinnati was the longest Pérez has been in the majors, appearing in 25 games and pitching to a 6.38 ERA, with 25 K’s and 20 walks.
There is a little bit of a connection between the young lefty and GM Mike Elias. At the time of Pérez signing with Houston, Elias was given oversight of player development and minor league operations.
Pérez will have a chance to fight for a bullpen spot in spring training if he stays on the 40-man roster throughout the offseason. But with the history of Elias, at least one or two spots will be made available for Rule 5 Draft picks.
Welcome to Birdland, Cionel!
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