On Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers acquired right-handed reliever Joel Peralta and left-handed pitcher minor league Adam Liberatore in exchange for two right-handed pitching prospects, Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com, was the first to report the deal. Later, both the Rays and Dodgers announced the fully trade.
Dodgers just made a trade, upgrading bullpen with acquisition of Joel Peralta from Rays.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 21, 2014
Andrew Friedman, current President of Baseball Operations for the Dodgers, was able to grab a couple players from his old team. This was the first deal the Dodgers have made since he came over to the club from Tampa Bay, where he served 10 years in their front office.
“Joel’s significance to the Rays transcended his on-field performance,” Rays general manager Matt Silverman said in a statement. “He was a clubhouse leader who always sought ways to make the organization better.”
The 38-year-old pitched in 69 games for the Rays, he finished 12 of those games and recorded one save. He held a 3-4 record with a 4.41 ERA. Peralta pitched in 63.1 innings and only gave up nine home runs. He had a 1.184 WHIP. He has pitched for 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Rays and now he is apart of the Dodgers.
The Rays recently picked up a $2.5 million option on Peralta for 2015. The must have had intentions to trade him instead of letting him go to free agency from the start.
Dominguez pitched in 14 games over the past two seasons, with a 6.14 ERA. He has struck out 12 hitters over a total of 14.2 innings pitched. Dominguez owns a 1.636 WHIP and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He is 24-years-old.
Harris, 20, was 7-6 with a 4.45 ERA at Class A Great Lakes last season. He pitched in 22 games, which amounted to 87 innings. He gave up just seven home runs and held a 1.33 WHIP through the season.
Liberatore, 27, went 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA at Triple-A Durham. He has pitched for five seasons in the MiLB. He has worked his way up to AAA and could be an asset for the Dodgers going forward. In his five total seasons, he has a 23-15 record with a 2.69 ERA and a solid 1.245 WHIP.
The Rays also designated veteran catcher Jose Molina for assignment.
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