The Washington Nationals have reportedly DFA'd 24-year-old Eury Perez after a 2014 campaign in which the right-handed hitting and throwing outfielder missed time with a broken foot and put up a .311/.372/.406 line with 13 doubles, two triples, a home run and 20 stolen bases in 57 games and 238 plate appearances with the Nats' top minor league affiliate.
Perez, just finished his eighth season in the Nats' organization after he signed as an international free agent out of San Luis, Distrito Nacional in the Dominican Republic in 2007.
In three seasons at Triple-A Syracuse, Perez put up a .310/.354/.411 line with 38 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs and 63 stolen bases in 193 games and 844 PAs.
Over his eight seasons in the Nationals' system, Perez put up a combined .305/.360/.384 line.
In limited action in the majors, Perez, who debuted in September 2012, put up a .154/.154/.154 line with two hits and four stolen bases with the Nats.
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman was first with the news of the Nationals' move to DFA Perez:
#nats DFA OF eury perez. .310/.354/.411 with 63 SBs in aaa career. only 24 years old.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 18, 2014
The report led to about an hour's worth of speculation about the reason for the move, which has since been cleared up by the Nationals, who announced this afternoon that they claimed infielder Pedro Florimon on waivers from the Minnesota Twins:
The #Nats have claimed INF Pedro Florimon on waivers from the #Twins and have designated OF Eury Perez for assignment.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 18, 2014
Florimon, 27, played 85 games with the Twins' Triple-A affiliate this season, putting up a .257/.328/.389 line with 17 doubles, four triples and four home runs for the International League's Rochester Red Wings.
In 33 games with Minnesota this year, in his fourth major league season, the switch-hitting infielder put up a .092/.179/.310 line with a double and a triple in 86 PAs.
In 214 games and 692 PAs in his major league career, Florimon has put up a combined .204/.266/.300 line with 24 doubles, three triples and 10 HRs in the majors.