Peralta, 40, was recently cut loose by the Mariners after a rough start to the season. Seattle still owes him the balance of his $1.25MM salary, less whatever he can earn (presumably, at the league minimum) with Chicago or another organization.
Though Peralta has pitched to a 5.40 ERA in his 23 1/3 frames on the year, there is some reason for optimism. He also struck out 10.8 and walked only 2.7 batters per nine with the M’s, and he’s maintained his velocity while hitting the zone and managing contact much as he has in prior years. The trick will be limiting the long ball, which has hurt the flyball-prone reliever thus far in 2016.
Per the report, the Blue Jays and Royals also showed interest before Peralta elected to reunite with manager Joe Maddon. Many of Peralta’s best seasons came with Tampa Bay during his four-year run with the organization.