Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays agree to deal with Peralta
Posted Nov 5, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Nov 5, 2012 at 02:01 PM
The Rays have agreed to a contract with right-hander reliever Joel Peralta. Terms are not available. Peralta was seeking a two-year deal.
The Rays have yet to officially announce the signing.
Peralta, who joined the Rays in 2011, has been the setup man in the bullpen, working the eighth inning to create the bridge to the closer – Kyle Farnsworth in 2011 and Fernando Rodney last season.
Peralta, who turns 37 in March, appeared in a career-high 76 games in 2012 and pitched 67 innings, which was just shy of the career-high 67 2/3 innings he worked in 2011. His 84 strikeouts were a career-high as were his 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
Peralta made headlines in June was he suspended for eight games for having pine tar on his glove. He was very grateful for the way manager Joe Maddon came to his defense.
At the end of the season, Peralta said he wanted to return to the Rays because he loves pitching for Maddon.
“He lets you do your job,” Peralta said. “He always has confidence in you no matter what happens.