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.
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]