Former Rays reliever Joel Peralta decides to retire
Former Rays reliever Joel Peralta was in the clubhouse today and said he has thrown his last big-league pitch, retiring after pitching for parts of 12 seasons in the majors.
"I'm not going to play anymore,'' he said.
Peralta, 40, first made it to the majors with the Angels at age 29, then pitched for the Royals, Rockies and Nationals before finding a home with the Rays, working in 296 games over four seasons.
He was traded to the Dodgers before the 2015 season, and started this year wiith the Mariners and finished, briefly, with the Cubs, appearing last July 5.
Peralta siad he was most proud of getting 10 full years of service time in the majors, a threshold he reached this summer in Seattle.
"It was never easy for me,'' he said. "I had to fight every year.''
Peralta said he plans to pitch in a few game during winter ball season in his native Dominican Republic as a way to thank the fans for their support.
He finished with a 20-35-15 record and 4.03 ERA, working in 620 big-league games.