The Tigers have re-signed right-hander Franklin Perez to a minor league contract, the team announced. Detroit put Perez on release waivers on Wednesday, but he cleared and will return to the organization he has been with since 2017. He won’t occupy a 40-man roster spot as a result of this deal.
Perez was a prospect of significance when the Tigers acquired him as part of their Justin Verlander trade with Houston, but he hasn’t been able to stay healthy since switching organizations. The Tigers’ version has thrown just 27 minor league innings, none above the High-A level, owing in part to ongoing shoulder problems. Perez won’t pitch at all this season after the Tigers revealed Tuesday that he will undergo right shoulder surgery.
Despite his health issues, the Tigers understandably don’t want to give up on Perez, who’s still just 23 years old. While he’s no longer the high-end farmhand he used to be, Perez still ranked as a top 35 Tigers prospect at Baseball America (No. 28) and FanGraphs (No. 34) entering the season. Of course, this latest setback hasn’t done anything to help Perez’s stock.