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Rays re-sign reliever Joel Peralta to two-year deal

Nov 5, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

Joel Peralta AP

Joel Peralta will be staying in Tampa Bay, as the free agent reliever and the Rays have agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with a team option for 2015.

Peralta signed with the Rays in 2011 after the Nationals cut him loose despite excellent numbers the previous season and has logged 135 innings with a 3.27 ERA and 145/35 K/BB ratio in two seasons for Tampa Bay. During that time he’s been a bargain at a combined cost of $3.1 million.

Giving a multi-year deal to a 37-year-old is definitely a risk, but the price is certainly right and Peralta is coming off a season in which he posted by far the best strikeout rate of his career at 11.3 per nine innings and he was exceptional in the second half.

  1. raysfan1 - Nov 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    No move is without risk. I like this one.

    • indaburg - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      That happy yelp you just heard was me. I am very pleased with this move. I hope we can keep Keppinger too.

      • raysfan1 - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

        Agreed

    • dcfan4life - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      Any pine tar clause in this contract?

  2. stex52 - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Looks reasonable to me. Relievers seem to be able to hang in their longer. I guess it’s the shorter work on a per day basis.

  3. Detroit Michael - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Congratulations to Peralta. It’s been a slow climb, but his career earnings are probably getting close to the “doesn’t have to work for the rest of his life after he retires from baseball” level.

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