CHICAGO -- The Cubs signed switch-hitting infielder Tomas Perez to a Minor League deal with Triple-A Iowa, and he has been invited to big-league camp.
Perez, 33, played in 99 games with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006, including 68 starts (33 at shortstop, 18 at second base, 13 at third base, three in right field and one at first base). He batted .257 after the All-Star break and finished with a .212 average, 12 doubles and 16 RBIs.
A native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Perez has a .240 career batting average with 24 home runs and 180 RBIs in 781 games with the Toronto Blue Jays (1995-1998), Philadelphia Phillies (2000-2005) and Devil Rays (2006).
Perez was originally signed by Montreal as a non-drafted free agent in July of 1991 before he was selected by the California Angels in the Major League portion of the 1994 Rule 5 Draft and traded to Toronto.
The Cubs open training camp in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 14, when pitchers and catchers report.
Not a bad signing, a nice guy to play OF and IF... Its only a minor league contract so no complaints