Pirates Claim Catcher Michael Perez from Rays

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed catcher Michael Perez off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays according to Marc Tompkins from the Tampa Bay Times

Perez is a 28-year-old lefty bat, who debuted in the majors in 2018. He has played a total of 84 games over three seasons, putting up a .221/.286/.314 slash line. He played 38 games this year, hitting .167/.237/.238 in 93 plate appearances. Perez has posted above average defensive numbers in all three seasons, compiling a 1.0 dWAR in 82 games total (64 starts) behind the plate. He has thrown out 27% of base runners over three years, with a 32% mark this year. In the playoffs this season, he went 2-for-7 with a homer in eight games, two as a starter. Over three partial seasons in Triple-A, he has posted an .811 OPS.