Three quick moves by the Seattle Mariners, who brought left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to the big leagues, sent right-hander Steve Delabar to Tacoma and designated outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang for assignment so Perez could be added to the 40-man roster.
The 30-year-old Perez is a strikeout specialist capable of going an inning or more out of the bullpen. In 22 appearances for Tacoma, he worked 31 innings – and struck out 42 batters. He was 2-2 with a save and a 4.65 earned run average as a Rainier.
Chiang, 24, spent time in AA and AAA this season, and was one of the players acquired in last year’s trade of Erik Bedard to Boston. In 59 games overall, batted .242 with three home runs and 24 RBI.
Why the moves? We’ll find out in an hour or so, when we get access to Eric Wedge.