When Tyler Flowers went down due to injury and Kurt Suzuki got hit by a pitch and had to miss some time, the Braves were in pretty desperate need of help at catcher. The Braves front office were proactive and went and acquired Carlos Perez by trading away Ryan Schimpf so that SOMEONE could actually serve as a backup for the team.
For the most part, Perez served that role reasonably well in that he at least could play the position. However, with Suzuki being both red-hot and healthy, Perez making one of the worst tag attempts you will see against the Reds, and the return of Tyler Flowers, Perez was no longer needed. He didn’t exactly force the Braves into a tough decision with his .143/.182/.143 line in 21 at-bats for the Braves.
However, it appears at least one other team is interested in his services.
The Texas Rangers have claimed C Carlos Pérez off waivers.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 2, 2018
Perez’s time with Atlanta, barring a total disaster again, had come to an end, but it is interesting that Perez failed to clear waivers. This speaks to the positional scarcity that exists at catcher in the major leagues. Its hard to find catchers even if they aren’t particularly good.