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Twins sign Rafael Perez to minor league deal

Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15: Relief pitcher Rafael Perez #53 of the Cleveland Indians winds up to throw the ball during a MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 15, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Cleveland won 6-4 (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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Minnesota has signed left-hander Rafael Perez to a minor-league contract, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Perez was non-tendered by the Indians in November following a season in which he was limited to eight appearances because of a shoulder injury that required surgery in September.

However, prior to the shoulder problems Perez was one of the most effective southpaw setup men in baseball with a 3.64 career ERA and a sub-3.60 ERA in four of his five full seasons with the Indians.

At the time of the surgery he was expected to be recovered sometime around spring training, so if healthy the 31-year-old Perez will compete with Tyler Robertson to be the third left-hander in the bullpen behind closer Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing.