MLB Notebook: Former Pirates pitcher Perez slain at home
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Former major league pitcher Pascual Perez, who had a troubled 11-season career that included two suspensions for drug use, was killed at his home in the Dominican Republic in an apparent robbery, police said Thursday.
Perez, who last played in the majors for the New York Yankees in 1991, was found with a severe head wound in a town west of the capital, Santo Domingo, said Joel Valdemiro, a prosecutor who is involved in the investigation.
No one was in custody and authorities did not reveal whether they had any suspects.
“It's an act of criminality, unfortunately,” Valdemiro said, adding that there is evidence the killing might have been premeditated.
Perez's ex-wife Maritza Montero found his body about 8:30 a.m. Thursday and investigators said he appeared to have been slain about eight hours earlier. The precise cause of death has not been determined.
Perez, 55, who made his major-league debut on May 7, 1980, with the Pirates, played 11 seasons in the majors and compiled a lifetime record of 67-68 with the Braves, Pirates, Expos and Yankees. He was suspended in 1992 following two positive tests for cocaine. In recent years, he has had kidney problems.
Marlins hire Redmond as new manager
The Miami Marlins' celebrity manager was a bust, so they're calling one up from the minors.
Mike Redmond, who spent the past two years managing Class A teams in the Toronto Blue Jays' system, was hired Thursday by the Marlins to replace Ozzie Guillen.
A former major league catcher, Redmond received a three-year contract and will be introduced as the Marlins' fifth manager since mid-2010 at a news conference at their ballpark Friday.
Johnson and Melvin share Tanner award
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Braves bring back OF Jordan Schafer
The Braves re-acquired outfielder Jordan Schafer by claiming him off waivers from the Houston Astros. Schafer, who hit 211 with 27 stolen bases in 106 games for the Astros last season, spent 6½ years in the Braves' organization before getting dealt to Houston in July 2011.
D-backs let Blanco and Lindstrom go
The Arizona Diamondbacks have declined a $1.2 million option for next season on catcher Henry Blanco and a $4 million option on right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom.
Astros parts way with C Chris Snyder
The Houston Astros have declined their $4 million mutual option on catcher Chris Snyder.
Zimmer returning for 2013 as Rays' adviser
The Tampa Bay Rays are bringing Don Zimmer, 81, back for the 2013 season as a senior adviser, marking his 10th with the Rays and 65th season in pro baseball.
Giants cut loose Huff
The San Francisco Giants are parting ways with Aubrey Huff, declining to exercise his $10 million club option after two disappointing seasons following a big year during the 2010 World Series championship run.
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