Phillies top five utility men over the last past 40 years
4: Tomas Perez (2000 – 2005)
Perez spent his first four major-league seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. He didn’t appear in the big leagues in 1999 but started a six-year run with the Phillies in 2000.
A solid overall contributor off the bench, Perez played all infield positions with the exception of catcher and also spent some time in right field. He held his own defensively, posting a career fielding percentage of .976. Perez hit a career-high .304 with a .784 OPS in 135 at-bats in 2001.
Perez’s playing time increased over the next two seasons, playing in 92 games in 2002 and a career-high 125 games in 2003. Perez even appeared on the mound once in 2002, recording the final out of a game without allowing a hit. Perez had 279 hits, 65 doubles, and 20 home runs in 504 games as a Phillie.
Following his time in Philadelphia, Perez played for the Rays in 2006 and eight games with the Astros in 2008 before retiring.