CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
The Cleveland Indians gave RHP Chris Perez his unconditional release Thursday afternoon. Perez, who is now a free agent, was 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 relief appearances in 2013 (54.0IP, 56H, 26ER, 11HR, 21BB, 54K, .263AVG).
This past summer, Perez was found guilty of a drug abuse charge in Rocky River Muni Court.
“You made a big mistake,” the judge told Perez. “Kids look up to you.”
Perez was fined $250 and no jail time, but was placed on community supervision for one year and has to complete MLB drug program. Also as part of his sentence, Perez must present a speech to Rocky River High School students about dangers of drugs.
Perez and his wife were facing the drug charges after undercover agents delivered a package they say contained 5.7 ounces of marijuana to the Perez home in Rocky River in June. The package was sent from California and addressed to the family dog.
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