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Rays and Joel Peralta avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Dec 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Joel Peralta has avoided arbitration with the Rays, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.175 million.

Tampa Bay picked Peralta up after he was non-tendered by Washington last offseason and the 35-year-old reliever was an excellent low-cost signing, earning just $925,000 while throwing 68 innings with a 2.93 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio.

He’ll likely serve as Kyle Farnsworth‘s primary setup man again in 2012.

David Price, B.J. Upton, Jeff Niemann, and J.P. Howell are the other arbitration eligible Rays.

  1. Chris K - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    My fantasy team wants to see him setting up McGee

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