February 9: Pérez elected free agency, according to the transaction tracker.
February 1: The A’s have sent reliever Francisco Pérez outright off the 40-man roster, according to the club’s transaction log at MLB.com. That clears a spot for veteran starter Alex Wood, who agreed to terms over the weekend. The A’s still have not officially announced Wood’s signing.
Pérez has pitched at the MLB level in each of the last three seasons. He has suited up for a different team all three years, bouncing from Cleveland to Washington to Oakland. The southpaw joined the A’s on a minor league deal in April and was selected onto the MLB club in the middle of August.
Despite not reaching the majors until late into the year, he tallied a personal-high 16 2/3 innings through 17 games down the stretch. Pérez allowed 12 runs (11 earned) with 14 strikeouts and eight walks. He owns a 5.91 ERA in 31 career big league appearances. The 26-year-old has pitched to a 4.42 earned run average over 106 innings at the Triple-A level. While he has punched out almost 30% of opponents at the top minor league level, he’s undercut it with a 15.3% walk rate.
Pérez has cleared outright waivers once before in his career. As a result, he’ll have the ability to test free agency. If he accepts the minor league assignment, he could get a non-roster invite to Spring Training with Oakland. Otherwise, he’d look for a minor league opportunity elsewhere.