The Tampa Bay Rays solidified their bullpen for 2013 and beyond a bit, re-signing Joel Peralta to a two year deal for $6 million. Peralta will make $3 million in both 2013 and 2014 with an option of $2.5 million for 2015.
Peralta rose to prominence this season when he was ejected for having a substance on his glove during a June game with the Nationals, later revealed to be pine tar. He was later suspended eight games for the incident.
For the season, Peralta had a 3.63 ERA while striking out 84 and wallking just 17 in 67 innings. For those that want to use the pine tar incident as a crutch and a reason for his success, Peralta didn't exactly struggle in the second half of the season His ERA after the All-Star Break was 2.43, and he struck out 45 while walking only nine in 33 1/3 innings.
Giving a reliever a muti-year deal is usually a fool's errand, but $3 million per season over two (and possibly three) years isn't a huge risk on the part of the Rays. Co...