Just before the Detroit Tigers start their spring training schedule this coming Monday, they made one final tweak to their system on Friday.
Ryan Perry, the team's former first round pick from 2008, was signed to a minor-league contract. Perry, of course, was dealt away to the Washington Nationals in December 2011 for fellow reliever Collin Balester.
Perry, once considered a closer of the future in Detroit, struggled when given an opportunity to prove his salt with the Tigers. In 2010 he was 3-5 with a 3.59 ERA, 23 walks and 45 strikeouts. Every season since his rookie year in 2009, Perry's totals got worse and he failed to meet high expectations.
After being sent to Washington unceremoniously, Perry's fade began. He appeared in only seven games for the Nationals in 2012, and hasn't pitched in any major league game since then while having his problems in the minors. Washington officially released him on July 17, 2014.
Now, Perry is back in the system that developed him on a low-risk minor-league deal. The Tigers don't expect him to join the team in big-league camp, which means he will likely be relegated to minor league action to start the 2015 season.Read more... Join the Conversation...