The Rays found a relief pitcher. They signed Joel Peralta to a one-year deal for $900K. Peralta was non-tendered by the Nationals despite a 2.02 ERA (3.02 FIP) in 49 innings.

And before anybody starts wondering if this is the next Joaquin Benoit, Sky Kalkman suggests he is more like Dan Wheeler.

Joel Peralta is the Rays new Dan Wheeler. Pitch him when a home run is no worse than a walk and a strikeout more valuable than ground ball.

Yay?

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Bobby Jenks has agreed to a contract with the Red Sox. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • The Tampa Chamber of Congress approved the funding of a caucus to research stadium financing for a new Rays stadium. [TampaBay.com]
  • First a source said the Yankees were “exploring” the idea of signing Rafael Soriano as a set-up guy. But then the Yankees downplayed that report, saying Soriano was too expensive. [NY Daily News]
  • This is scary> Josh Freeman eats Taco Bell five nights a week…Yikes. Eventually that is going to catch up to him, and let’s face it, habits don’t die easily. If Freeman isn’t careful, he will be the next JaMarcus Russell. [Joe Bucs Fan]
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  1. Too expensive? The Yankees said "too expensive"?! Thanks for the laugh! LOL

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  2. Gus says:

    $900K is darn near close to the minimum, but he is something. Cormier-esque. Would like him better if he threw hard.

    Can't believe with an open closer role Jenks wouldn't have been interested in something from the Rays. Just a one-year with a chance for him to go get paid like Soriano. Frustrating to see.

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  3. Tom says:

    Peralta is much better than Cormier. Cormier is lucky to be in MLB.

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  4. phil says:

    we should get Balfour back ..nobody wants to give up a first round pick for him ..

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