If you’ll excuse me while I cherry pick a few statistics, the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen finished third among all Major League teams in ERA (2.88), sixth in saves (50), sixth in strike outs (483), first in BAA (.208) and surrendered just 149 walks in 466 innings of work. The Rays opted to bring back a prominent reliever from their dominant 2012 bullpen on Tuesday. MLB confirmed that the club re-signed Joel Peralta to a two-year deal, with club options for 2015-17.
Fernando Rodney was the reliever that made most of the headlines out of Tampa this past season with his 0.60 ERA, crooked hat and arrow-firing save celebrations and all, but Peralta quietly had himself a strong year as well. He struck out 31.8% of the batters he faced while holding batters to a .200 BAA. Here’s how the rest of the numbers played out for Peralta in 2012: 67 IP; 3.63 ERA; 3.14 FIP; 3.21 xFIP; 0.99 WHIP and 84 K.
Peralta’s 76 appearances in 2012 ranked second in the American League. The 36-year old has also pitched for the Angels, Royals, Rockies and Nationals. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.