The Phillies have signed 32-year old lefty reliever Juan Perez to a minor league deal. Perez pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in Rookie+AAA-ball last season and he was 4-3 with 1 save, a 2.82 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He only gave up 38 hits in the minors last season while whiffing 58 batters in 47 2/3 innings showing just how nasty he can be. Perez has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in parts of two years in the majors and he is 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. Perez will get a shot to win a job in the Phillies’ bullpen next spring. I like this signing for the Phillies as lefty pitchers sometimes take a little while to develop.