Braves claim OF Perez off waivers from Yankees

ATLANTA — The Braves have added another contender to their outfield competition by claiming Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees.

The 24-year-old Perez hit .311 with 20 stolen bases with Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals’ organization last year. He was picked up off waivers by New York in September and had two hits and a stolen base in four games with the Yankees.

The Braves also have signed outfielders Zoilo Almonte and Nick Markakis this offseason and on Thursday agreed to a deal with veteran Jonny Gomes, a contract pending a physical. Atlanta has traded Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis.

Perez, a native of the Dominican Republic, could be an option in center if B.J. Upton can’t end his two-year hitting slump. Perez has batted .305 in eight minor league seasons.