Seattle Mariners Sign RHP Joel Peralta To Minor League Deal

The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday morning that the club has agreed to a Minor League deal with right-handed reliever Joel Peralta with an invite to Spring Training.

Peralta, 39, has played 11 seasons in the major league’s with six different teams, the Mariners being his seventh should he make the roster.

He pitched with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 making 33 appearances going 3-1 with an ERA of 4.34 and three saves in a campaign cut short by injury. He spent May through June on the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain and then most of August with a neck sprain.

In his career, he owns a record of 19-34 with a career ERA of 3.94. Peralta may be best known for his time with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2011-2014, where he had some of his best seasons. He has held batters to a .231 batting average against and a .226 mark by left-handed hitters.

This signing by the Mariners continues the rebuild of the bullpen, which had a down year in 2015 after being one of the best in 2014.

New general manager Jerry Dipoto has completely overhauled the bullpen as Charlie Furbush is the only reliever left from 2014. With so many new names, there will be some good competition for who makes the roster out of Spring Training.

Spring Training for the Mariners begins next week with pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 19 with the first workout on the 20th, while position players report on Feb. 24 with the first workout coming on the 25th down in Peoria, Arizona.

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