On Friday, 10 different Brewer players agreed to terms for the 2023 season and avoided arbitration. Missing from the list of players to sign a deal was pitcher Luis Perdomo. The reason for this is because back in November he was non-tendered by the Brewers, but news broke out on Friday that he will be playing in Japan for the 2023 season. He has signed a one-year deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Righty Luis Perdomo is headed to Japan to play for the Chiba Lotte Marines, per source. Contract is a one-year deal and includes $1.3 million guaranteed with a chance to make as much as $1.8 million. Repped by CAA Sports.
— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) January 13, 2023
One reason that may have contributed to Perdomo being non-tendered in November was because he had accumulated over five years of big league service time and wouldn’t be a candidate to be shuttled back and forth in between the minor leagues. Over the course of a season, having this option can be valuable to a team.
How did Luis Perdomo perform with the Brewers?
The Brewers initially took a flier on Perdomo for they signed him in January of 2021 despite undergoing Tommy John Surgery that previous fall. He rehabbed all of the 2021 season and first pitched in the Brewers organization during the 2022 season.
Perdomo had an incredible spring training last year. There was some thought that he would make the active roster out of camp, but he didn’t. However, by early May he was on the Major League roster. He battled a few minor injuries in 2022 and ended up with a 3.80 ERA in 23.2 innings pitched for the Brew Crew.
It is possible that Perdomo could return to Major League Baseball in the future. For now, we will have to watch from a far and see how he performs with the Mariners in Japan.