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Orioles sign Chris Perez to minor league deal

Orioles sign Chris Perez to minor league deal

Always looking to find a discarded gem, the Orioles have signed suspended reliever Chris Perez to a minor league deal and will assign him to Triple-A Norfolk.

Perez, 30, cannot pitch for the Tides until he serves a 50-game suspension that was handed down in June for testing positive for the second time for a drug of abuse – believed to be marijuana. He also made headlines in 2013 when he was arrested, fined and given probation for pleading no contest after a package of marijuana was sent to his house, addressed to his dog.

A two-time All Star closer for the Cleveland Indians, Perez was a minor league free agent at the time of the suspension. He had been with the...