Peralta with the Tampa Bay Rays
|Tampa Bay Rays – No. 62|
March 23, 1976 |
Bonao, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 25, 2005 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
(through August 31, 2014)
|Earned run average||3.87|
Peralta signed with the Oakland Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1996. They released him in 1998. He signed with the then-Anaheim Angels in 1999, and remained with the organization in the minor leagues, receiving a promotion to the major leagues in 2005.
At the end of the 2009 season, he became a free agent, and was signed to a minor league contract by the Nationals. He had an outstanding 2010 for AAA Syracuse, saving 20 games without any blown saves, compiling a 1.08 ERA. On June 21, he was called up to join the Nationals as an eighth reliever, and the next night made his 2010 debut, pitching to one batter and inducing a double play. Peralta was non-tendered following the 2010 season, to avoid giving him a raise in arbitration.
During the 2010 off-season, Peralta signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, receiving $900,000.
During the 2011 off-season, Peralta signed a one-year contract to return to Tampa Bay, receiving $2.175 million.
On June 19, 2012, during a game at Nationals Park vs the Washington Nationals, Peralta was ejected from the game for having a "foreign substance" in his glove; it was later found to be pine tar. Peralta was subsequently suspended eight games by Major League Baseball. After the conclusion of the 2012 regular season, Peralta signed a two-year, $6 million deal, with a club option for 2015.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)