MIAMI -- The Nationals announced Thursday that they claimed infielder Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Twins. They also designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment.
Florimon was the Twins' Opening Day shortstop, but he lost the job in April after getting just six hits in 20 games. The 27-year-old hit .092 across 33 Major League games this season, spending the majority of his campaign in Triple-A Rochester, hitting .257 with 29 RBIs and 89 strikeouts. Considering he hasn't played since Rochester's season ended on Sept. 1, it is unlikely Florimon will join the Nationals in the last week of the regular season.
Although his bat hasn't provided much production, Florimon's glove work appeals to the Nationals. It's an organizational depth move, as he should be able to provide the Minor League system with high-quality defense.
Perez entered the 2014 season ranked No. 20 among Washington's prospects by MLB.com, and he was expected to play a large role in the Nats' future. But a broken toe caused him to miss significant time, while other outfield prospects surpassed him. In 57 games for Triple-A Syracuse, the 24-year-old hit .311 with 11 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
Maria Torres is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.