When Martin Perez first signed with the Red Sox in December of 2019, he was excited at the prospect of getting to play for Alex Cora.
Some 14 months later, Perez is finally going to realize his goal.
A month after Perez initially signed with the Sox, Cora was suspended by Major League Baseball for the 2020 season, then mutually agreed to part ways with the Red Sox.
Perez pitched instead for Ron Roenicke, and performed pretty well. A case could be made that he was the team's most reliable starter in the otherwise hugely disappointing 2020 season.
And now Perez, whose one-year deal, with an option, was agreed upon last month but not made official until Friday, is about to be reunited with Cora for 2021.
"To play for Alex Cora is a dream for me,'' said Perez in a Zoom call with reporters. "Not having him last year wasn't hard, but at the same time, we missed him. Now that I'm back and having him as a manager is going to be special for me. And I feel he's going to help me a lot.''