Tribe's Perez files for arbitration

Tribe's Perez files for arbitration

Lefty reliever Rafael Perez, the Indians' lone arbitration-eligible player, officially filed for arbitration on Friday.

It's merely a procedural move by Perez, who is eligible for arbitration for the first time. Perez and the Indians will exchange salary figures on Tuesday, and they can still hammer out a contract before the process reaches a hearing next month.

The Indians haven't had an arbitration case reach a hearing since 1991.

Perez is coming off a wayward 2009 season in which the former key cog in the back of the Tribe bullpen found himself demoted to Triple-A twice. Perez, who qualifies for arbitration through "Super 2" status, went 4-3 with a 7.31 ERA in 54 appearances last season. Still, the Indians know that if he can get straightened out, the 27-year-old Perez can once again be a dominant option against left-handed hitters.

Perez made $436,300 last season.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.