Update: Jon Heyman has the contract details ...
Oliver Perez decided to stay with the team that helped resurrect his flailing career.
The veteran left-handed starter, who reinvented himself as a late inning reliever last season, will return to the Seattle Marines for a second straight year, signing a one-year contract for the 2013 season.
“We are happy to have reached a mutual agreement with Oliver,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “He did a very nice job in helping solidify our bullpen after his call up last summer. As a veteran left-hander, and one that had adjusted very nicely to his new role, we are looking forward to his contributions as we go into the 2013 campaign.”
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The Mariners originally signed Perez to a minor league contract during last offseason after scouting a few of his relief appearances in the Mexican winter league.
Perez started last year with the Tacoma Rainiers, posting a 2-2 with a save and a 4.65 earned run average with 42 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances thanks to a rejuvenated fastball that was consistently in the mid 90s.
He was called up to the Mariners on June 16 and posted a 1-3 record with a 2.12 ERA in 33 relief appearances. The ERA was ninth lowest by an American League reliever with a minimum of 30 appearances. He also had a stretch of 20 consecutive appearances from July 13-Sept. 14 without allowing a run, tied for the 4th-longest streak in club history.