Rays Sign Joel Peralta

The Rays announced that they have re-signed reliever Joel Peralta to a two-year contract. The deal guarantees the 36-year-old $6MM and includes a series of club options covering the 2015-17 seasons. Agent Mark Gilling represents the right-hander, who will be welcomed back to Tampa Bay.

“We love Joel’s competitiveness and the impact he has on the younger pitchers in our bullpen,” executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in a team statement.

Peralta appeared in 76 games for the Rays this past season. He posted a 3.63 ERA with 11.3 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 67 innings, setting career highs in strikeouts (84) and strikeout rate.

Peralta ranked 38th on MLBTR's list of top 50 free agents. At the end of the season he expressed interest in re-signing with Tampa Bay if possible. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported the news, adding that the 2015 option was valued at $2.5MM.

20 Responses to Rays Sign Joel Peralta Leave a Reply

  1. Kevin Chambers 3 years ago

    0-1 so far

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      I’m pretty sure this just doesn’t count towards it since the deadline to enter has not passed.

      • Brad Vance 3 years ago

        The Ortiz re-signing counted, so this must.

        • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

          I think you can still edit it technically. I was doing mine right when this went down.

          • Anyone off the top 50 who signs before the deadline is a freebie, as long as you actually go in there and update your pick.

    • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

      Paypal me $10 and Ill let you look at my cheat sheet! 50-50!

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      I didnt enter yet but just looking at the list, this year seems way harder to predict than last year. Guys like Lohse, Haren, Hamilton, Upton, Bourn can pretty much go anywhere.

  2. Brad Vance 3 years ago

    Aww shucks

  3. vtadave 3 years ago

    Any guesses on the contract? I’ll go 2 years $7 million. Sounds low given the $22.5 million just handed to Brandon League, but Peralta is obviously older.

    • Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

      His pine tar incident should’ve lowered his value. 1Y/ 3.5M

  4. Tommets 3 years ago

    Mets should’ve went after him

  5. Casey McMahon 3 years ago

    Another great bargain signing by the Rays!

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      He’s been huge for their pen the last two years. It was a no brainer to take him back. Even at 36, he can log the innings and still K guys.

      • Casey McMahon 3 years ago

        Indeed. Without his solid pitching Fernando Rodney would not of been able to have one of the most successful pitching lines in History.

        • dc21892 3 years ago

          True. Rodney had a strong season but they guys leading up to him played a huge role.

  6. alan104 3 years ago

    2 years $6 mil with an option in 2015 for 2.5 mil. Not bad for durable late inning reliever who has logged 71 and 76 innings the past 2 seasons.

  7. deewitt92 3 years ago

    And the Mets couldn’t sign him why…? Oh wait he cost more than the major league minimum…

  8. Dynasty22 3 years ago

    Called this :)

  9. GrayhawkAZ 3 years ago

    How do they continue to do this?!?! What in the world is going on!!!!

Leave a Reply