Tigers close to signing OF Juan Perez to minor league deal

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — Other than trading Cameron Maybin, the Tigers have yet to make a major league deal this offseason. But they have been busy restocking the organizational shelves.

On Friday, the Tigers were closing in on a minor league deal with outfielder Juan Perez, who spent last season with the Cubs' Triple A affiliate Iowa. He is expected to be invited to spring training with the Tigers.

Perez, 30, played in 117 games with the Giants from 2013-2015, hitting .224 with a .267 on-base percentage and .316 slugging.

Last season at Iowa in the Pacific Coast League, he hit .248 with six home runs and 30 RBIs. The Tigers scouted him at the Dominican Winter League, where he was hitting .305 in 40 games.

He has played all three outfield positions in his career.

On Wednesday, the Tigers reportedly signed 27-year-old third baseman Zack Cox to a minor league deal. Cox, a former first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2010, finished last season in independent league baseball.

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Juan Perez hit .248 with six home runs and 30 RBIs with Triple A Iowa last season.