The Rays announced today that they have signed Joel Peralta to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.

Peralta’s salary was not released (see below). So let’s just assume that Peralta is going to make $500 magillion kabillion in 2012 and the Rays will suddenly have the biggest payroll in the history of payrolls. Suck on that Yankees!

Actually, Peralta was projected to earn $2 million through arbitration, so his actual salary might be closer to that figure.

[Ed. note] Peralta was already on the Rays roster for 2012. Today’s announcement only means that Peralta’s salary won’t be determined by an arbitrator. Of course, we still don’t know what that salary is. So today’s announcement was pretty meaningless.

[Update] Shortly after this post went up, Marc Topkin announced that Peralta will make $2.175 million in 2012, with no incentives. So there you go. [@SPTimesRays]



  1. RedBull says:

    This is good news, I guess! The bullpen is shaping up to look respectable. I have a feeling we'll be seeing a trade here soon that will land us a bat, along with one more arm for the pen. And I like that we were willing to spend so much on

  2. Joe says:

    Farnsworth, Peralta, Gomes and McGee were 4 very strong pieces before we did anything.

    Add in Mr. Groundball, Badenhop, with out MIF, he's going to be a stud.

    I really see a return of a good JP Howell next year with a full ST and full season.

    So your down to the 7th spot, we can make a trade (Andrew Bailey plz?) or a signing (Zumaya with a no guitar hero clause!) or have a big time battle between maybe a SP like Neimann/Davis, Leuke, Torres, Ramos, De La Rosa, Bush.

    It's no 2010 pen but it's very solid.

    • Sarah says:

      Well put. 2010 (with Balfour pitching the 7th, Benoit the 8th and Soriano the 9th) spoiled us all. 2010 was the bullpen talent equivalent of having a winning lottery ticket. But now real life returns, and this isn't bad for a few million dollars in salary.

  3. Ken Heller says:

    We still need two bats. 2-1, 3-2, 4-3 losses are still just that: losses. Andrew, the boy wonder, has still yet to prove that he can make a deal to bring one or two ML ready quality bats to the team. Apologies to Kotch, Damon, Pena and Burrell, you guys were/are quality spare parts, nothing more.

  4. RedBull says:

    I don't think we're players for Bailey. However, you did bring up a good point about a battle between Davis and Niemann. I think Davis would absolutely flourish in a relief role. When threw there at the end of last year, he said he enjoyed it. If I remember right, he was 96-98 with his fastball too. So another power arm could be great to add back there. Given his salary, he'd make for a very affordable setup/closer, and that could be awesome for us for the next 5 years or so!

  5. Don says:

    Peralta is worth $2mil just to see his famous "quick" pitch, when the hitter is not paying attention, the look on their face with a called strike is "priceless"....

  6. Joe says:

    The sad thing is this is the only news since the Moore deal isn't it? Come on Andrew, I know you're a patient guy but just get a bat or 2. Say, one young with the potential to break out (Rizzo) and one who is just a steady hitter (Damon or dream large, Beltran) and maybe if you can find a cheap reliever, never can be deep enough in case Farnsworth has flash backs of his Yankee days and everyone needs to move up a spot in the bullpen.

  7. RedBull says:

    Just read that a big factor for Carlos Beltran is being able to be close to his home in Puerto Rico. That absolutely makes us the leader for him, if he puts more weight on that than the money! That would be huge for us, and would absolutely put us in another class above the rest!

  8. stevek says:

    Dear Santa,

    Please bring Beltran to Tampa to DH next year. He is def worth Burrell Money.

    • Joe says:

      I'm hoping he really cares about being closer to PR. That's how the Marlins got Vazquez for less than he wanted last year and thankfully, the Marlins are not one of the teams interested. Cards have been looking at Crisp, Sox want pitching, pitching and more pitching plus, they like Reddick and the Jays are so over loaded in the OF.....come to Tampa, Beltran.

  9. CC says:

    I hope Joel has an arm left after all the innings he pitched last year.


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