Martin Perez on Texas Rangers’ return: ‘I want to be a part of history’

Martín Pérez was hoping for a long-term deal. He didn’t get it. He hopes to get one after the 2023 season. For now, he’s backing himself and hoping to help the Texas Rangers turn things around.

“I want to be a part of the story,” Pérez said Wednesday in his first meeting with the Dallas-Fort Worth media after his return to the Rangers.

Pérez accepted Rangers’ $19.65 million qualifying offer before Wednesday’s deadline. In fact, he said he told Rangers his intention to return a few days before the deadline but after Rangers executed a trade to bring in veteran starter Jake Odorizzi from Atlanta.