Indians add Perez, Bere as special assistants

Indians add Perez, Bere as special assistants

Indians add Perez, Bere as special assistants
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Five years ago, the Indians traded Eduardo Perez to the Mariners and acquired Asdrubal Cabrera, the Tribe's current shortstop. On Tuesday, Cleveland announced that Perez was returning to the club as a special assistant to baseball operations.

"We came out on top in that one," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said with a laugh.

Former Indians pitcher Jason Bere will also join the team under the same title, and both he and Perez will be in uniform this spring as instructors. Cleveland is also working out the details for the hiring of Kenny Lofton as an outfield and baserunning instructor for Spring Training.

Lofton's on-field duties will likely be limited to Spring Training, but he could have an expanded role with the organization -- assisting with community initiatives, for example -- during the regular season. Perez and Bere will have more of an on-field role during the upcoming campaign for the Tribe.

"He's got a great energy about him and tremendous baseball knowledge," Antonetti said of Perez. "He's enthusiastic and he has a lot to offer both in terms of when on the field in the time he's in camp as well as throughout the course of the regular season as a special assistant. We're excited to have him back in the fold as well as Jason Bere."

Perez, 41, spent time as a player in the Majors for 13 seasons, including a stint with Cleveland during the 2006 campaign. Following his playing career, Perez joined ESPN as a baseball analyst, beginning his sixth season with the network in 2011. Antonetti said Perez will remain in his role with ESPN.

This spring, Perez will help provide instruction at both the Major and Minor League levels. He will also assist the player development department throughout the upcoming season. Bere, 39, will assist the club's pitching coaches for the Major and Minor League staffs this spring.

During the regular season, Bere's main responsibility will be to evaluate and provide instruction to pitchers in the Indians' farm system. Bere served in a similar role as a guest instructor in Spring Training for the Tribe from 2006-09. He also spent 11 seasons as a pitcher in the Majors from 1993-2003, spending parts of the 2000 and '03 tours with the Tribe.

Also on Tuesday, the Indians announced the hiring of Tony Mansolino as a coach for Class A (rookie) Mahoning Valley. Mansolino, 28, will primarily work as a hitting coach on Mahoning Valley manager Dave Wallace's staff. Greg Hibbard will be the hitting coach for Mahoning Valley this season.