A somewhat familiar face will be back in the Tigers minor league system this year because the team signed Timo Perez to a minor league deal. If you’re into ancient history, Timo Perez was one of the stars for the Mets in their postseason run back in 2000. As a rookie, Timo hit .304 and scored eight runs for the Mets in the NLCS against the Cardinals that year (although his World Series was less then newsworthy).
He played briefly for the Cardinals in 2006 but didn’t make the postseason roster for that heartbreaking World Series. Then in 2007, he was a Tiger and in the middle of a division race, Perez hit .414 in the month of September (and the few games in October) mostly as the every day leftfielder. He played all year in Toledo in 2008 and since then, he’s split time between playing professional ball down in Mexico and minor league ball in the Phillies and Dodgers organization.
Timo is a career .317 minor league hitter so he’s going to help out one of the Tigers affiliates, whether it’s the Hens or the SeaWolves (not sure who needs the body).
In other blast from the past news, Matt Anderson signed a minor league deal with the Phillies. Once the Tigers closer and the top pick in the 1997 draft, Anderson was cut loose by the Tigers in 2003 and since then, he’s played in the majors only once (2005, tough season with the Rockies) and he hasn’t pitched in the minors since 2008 when he was in the White Sox organization. Last year he was invited to spring training by the Giants but didn’t make the cut.