OAKLAND -- The Astros have landed veteran left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Astros are sending Tri-City left-handed pitcher Junior Garcia, 19, to Arizona in the deal. Perez, a 33-year-old who would give the Astros some bullpen depth, will report on Sunday. Samuel Deduno, who underwent hip surgery on Friday, was transferred to the 60-day DL. Tony Sipp is currently the only lefty in the bullpen.
Perez has posted a 3.10 ERA in 48 games for Arizona this year with 37 strikeouts in 29 innings. A veteran of 13 Major League seasons, Perez is 67-80 with a 4.42 ERA in 417 career appearances, including 195 starts. He's a free agent at season's end.
The Astros began the year with Sipp and Joe Thatcher as lefties in the bullpen, but Thatcher was designated for assignment July 21 and recently re-signed to a contract and assigned to Triple-A Fresno. Kevin Chapman, who appeared in three games for the Astros earlier this year, is another lefty in Fresno.
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