Rays sign Peralta for $2.175M, avoiding arbitration
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Peralta's deal is for $2.175-million, with no incentives. "Joel felt really comfortable there last year, he really appreciated the manager and the team and he had a relationship with Andrew (Friedman, executive VP). He wanted to get this done, and it was a pleasure all around to do it. He's very pleased,'' agent Mark Gilling said. The deal was agreed to last week just before the contract tender deadline.
Peralta is not pitching in winter ball at the Rays' request, Gilling said, but is working out daily in the Dominican Republic, has lost a few pounds and is eager to get started again.
BREAKING: The Rays agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year deal with reliever Joel Peralta, avoiding arbitration.
Peralta made $925,000 while having a strong first season with the Rays, going 3-4 with six saves and a 2.93 ERA over 67 2/3 innings in 71 games. He posted a major-league best .072 average against the first batters he faced (5-for-69) and held lefties to a .155 average (17-for-110), second best in the majors.
With Peralta signed, the Rays have five remaining arbitration eligible players - RHP Burke Badenhop, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Jeff Niemann, LHP David Price, CF B.J. Upton.