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The 29-year-old Lindblom was briefly a part of the Pirates organization in the 2014-15 offseason after Pittsburgh picked him up on waivers from the Athletics. However, the Bucs released Lindblom in order to allow him to pursue an opportunity in the Korea Baseball Organization, and Lindblom would go on to spend the next two seasons pitching for the KBO’s Lotte Giants. The 2015 campaign was a huge success for Lindblom, as he worked exclusively as a starter for the first time in his career and racked up a career-high 210 innings in the Giants rotation. That year also saw him record a 3.56 ERA — no small feat when considering the KBO’s hitter-friendly nature — with 7.7 K/9 against 2.2 BB/9. The 2016 season was more of a struggle, as Lindblom fought some control issues (3.8 BB/9) and saw his ERA jump to 5.27 while his innings total fell to 170 2/3. He’ll provide the Bucs with some depth in the ’pen and in the rotation in his return to the organization.
Perez, meanwhile, will presumably compete for a bench job in Spring Training and can report to Triple-A Indianapolis if he doesn’t make the team. The 26-year-old boasts blistering speed but has never hit enough to carve out a consistent role on a big league roster. His lengthiest (and most recent) MLB stint came in 2015 with the Braves, for whom he slashed .269/.331/.303 in 133 plate appearances over the life of 47 games. Perez comes with a very nice Triple-A track record — .298/.347/.393 with 111 steals in 336 games — and will vie for a fourth or fifth outfielder role. At present, Adam Frazier seems like the favorite to occupy that slot.