The Milwaukee Brewers made some more room on their 40-man roster on Friday, outrighting third baseman Hernan Perez to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The move comes on the heels of several others made on Monday and leaves the Brewers 40-man currently sitting at 35.
Claimed by the Brewers on waivers from the Detroit Tigers midway through last season, Perez appeared in 90 games for Milwaukee, with the majority of his action coming at third base, hitting .270 with 15 doubles, a home run and 21 runs batted in.
The 24-year-old Perez opted for free agency rather than accept the assignment and will be eligible to sign elsewhere.
Perez was thought to have an inside track at the hot corner in Milwaukee in 2016, and so the move comes as a bit of a surprise, leaving the Brewers with glove first infielders Luis Sardinas and Yadiel Rivera as well as veteran utility man Elian Herrera among the leading candidates to take over the position next season.