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Andres Perez signs with Sioux City

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While this time of year is filled with excitement concerning player additions for the upcoming season, unfortunately we have to deal with departures as well.  We have the first major name not in an MLB camp to sign with another organization.  Second baseman Andres Perez, after two illustrious seasons with the Revolution has signed with the Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers of the American Association.

Unlike the Atlantic League, the American Association has roster rules that limit the number of “veterans” and players of a certain age in various age brackets.  Usually, if you can secure a scarce “veteran” spot on a club in that league, it pays a pretty competitive salary compared to more developmental players.  While we don’t know for sure, that was likely the determining factor for Perez.

In 2012, Perez was in the running for Atlantic League Player of the Year honors, when he batted .321 with 23 homers and 85 RBI in 128 games.  Such output should make him among the most feared hitters in his new league, and a likely MVP candidate on that circuit.  2014 will be the 29-year-old’s eighth pro season; the New York City native was originally signed by the Yankees in 2007.

What this doesn’t mean is we’ve necessarily seen the last of Perez in a York uniform.  With the shorter American Association schedule, which runs May to September, players often join Atlantic League teams during the final month, and can be instrumental in pennant races or in the postseason.  The Revolution still retain Perez’s Atlantic League rights, making this a possibility.  This move pretty much makes it official that Ofilio Castro will now be York’s Opening Day second baseman.

-Paul Braverman

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