ITALY – The Italian Baseball League club Montepaschi Grosseto will sign former Major League infielder Tomas Perez for the 2011 season, according to the Baseball.it website. Grosseto finished in sixth-place last year with a 20-22 record.
Perez, 37, spent 12 seasons (1995-2008) in the big leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros. In 789 games, he batted .240 with 96 doubles, 24 homers and 180 RBIs.
The Lara, Venezuelan native, who can play all four infield positions, was originally by the Montreal Expos as an amateur free agent in 1991.
RIMINI ADDS FORMER BIG LEAGUER
The Telemarket Rimini Pirates have signed former Boston Red Sox utility man Bryant Nelson for the upciming IBL season. The 37-year-old batted .265 (9-for-34) with three doubles in 25 MLB games in 2002.
The Arkansas product, who played 12 seasons in the minor leagues, batted .288 with 22 homers and 72 RBIs last year for the Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League).
NETTUNO SIGNS TALENTED SOUTHPAW
Danesi Nettuno has come to terms with former T&A San Marino left-handed pitcher Jose Escalona. The 25-year-old Venezuelan went 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA and tallied 41 strikeouts in 33-plus innings a year ago.
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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.