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01/12/2006 12:25 PM ET
Indians sign INF Eduardo Perez to Major League free agent contract
Hit 10 HR and slugged .526 vs. LHP in 2005; deal includes club option for 2007
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed INF EDUARDO PEREZ to a Major League contract for the 2006 season. The deal includes a club option for 2007.

Perez, 35, spent the 2005 season with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays where he hit .255 (41-161) with 6 2B, 11HR & 28 RBI in 77 games. The right-handed hitting Perez hit .259 (35-135) with 6 2B, 10HR & 24RBI and posted a .526 slugging % against left-handed pitchers. He also hit .308 (20-65) with runners on base and .333 (13-39) with runners in scoring position. Perez appeared in 49 games at first base, 3 games at third base and 4 games in the outfield in his second season with the Devil Rays. The 11 homers matched the second highest single-season total of his big league career.

1. Barry/Bobby Bonds 1040
2. Ken/Ken Griffey 688
3. Moises/Felipe Alou 503
4. Eduardo/Tony PEREZ 449

The native of Puerto Rico owns a career Major League batting average of .247 (398-1614) with 78 2B, 3 3B, 70HR and 261 RBI in 674 games with the California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Devil Rays, hitting a career-high 16HR with 52RBI in 1997 with the Reds. He was originally selected in the first round of the 1991 draft by the Angels after playing four years at Florida State University. His father, Tony, played 23 years (1964-86) with the Reds, Expos, Phillies and Red Sox, batting .279 with 2732 career hits and 379 home runs, and was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 2000.

"We are excited to add a veteran right-handed bat like Eduardo Perez, said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager MARK SHAPIRO. "His experience, professionalism and knowledge will be a great compliment to this year's team."

The Indians will announce a corresponding 40-man roster move later today.

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