Joel Peralta re-signs with Tampa Bay Rays

J. Meric

The valuable reliever said he wanted to stay with the Tampa Bay Rays, and he put his money where his mouth was by agreeing to a new deal.

As first reported by Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z101 last night -- and then confirmed by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times a few minutes ago -- Joel Peralta has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Rays. Gomez reports that the deal is for two years and $6 million, with a team option of $2.5 million for 2015, but no official details have been announced.

Peralta has a 1.3 rWAR and a 1.8 fWAR in his time with the Rays while throwing 134.2 innings across 148 contests. He is coming off a strong 2012 season in which his strikeout rate rose by eight percentage points and he held opponents to a sub-.200 batting average for a third consecutive season.

The signing also keeps intact a Joel Peralta/Fernando Rodney/Jake McGee bullpen combination that was one of the most lethal late inning trios in baseball in 2012.

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