There are still several months remaining on the 2022 MLB season's schedule, but one player whose campaign is already over is Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Roberto Perez. The 33-year-old underwent a season-ending hamstring injury earlier this month, leaving his future up in the air.
Perez is set to be a free agent once the season finishes. While a major injury might cause some to sour about their playing future, the veteran catcher actually had a classy response about his future.
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Perez told reporters on Monday that he wants to come back to the Pirates next season. He added that he feels as if he owes it to the organization, emphasizing that he loves playing in Pittsburgh. Perez signed a one-year, $5 million contract in November of 2021.
The two-time Gold Glove winner made a total of 60 at-bats over 21 games for the Pirates, recording 14 hits, two home runs and eight RBIs. He's not typically known for his hitting, but his .233 batting average was one pace to be the second-best of his career.
Perez will be 35 when the 2023 MLB season begins and major injuries are harder to come back from at that age. However, he has nearly a year before the next campaign begins, which will hopefully give him enough time to convince the Pirates that he's healthy enough to be re-signed.
With Perez out for the year, the Pirates will have a tougher time catching the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central lead. Pittsburgh is a longshot at +15000 odds to turn its season around and win the division, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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