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Texas signs veteran lefty Perez, offers invite to camp

Rangers take chance on 31-year-old, who last pitched in big leagues in 2012

Texas signs veteran lefty Perez, offers invite to camp

The Rangers signed lefty reliever Rafael Perez to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Perez, 31, last appeared in the Majors with the Indians in 2012. He pitched for Minnesota and Boston affiliates last season, going a combined 3-2 with a 2.60 ERA and six saves over 29 relief appearances between Triple-A Rochester and Double-A Portland.

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He pitched 16 innings this winter for the Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League, allowing just three runs over 21 regular-season outings. He's made eight appearances in the Dominican playoffs, allowing three earned runs in 11 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and no unintentional walks.

Perez is 21-12 with three saves and a 3.64 ERA over 338 big league appearances, all in relief with the Indians from 2006-12.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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