Joel Peralta is a free agent this winter, Mets need relievers

RHP Joel Peralta is a free agent this winter after spending the last two seasons with the Rays.

In 147 games with the Rays since 2011, Peralta went 5-10 with a 3.27 ERA, allowing 35 walks, 16 home runs, and 93 hits with 145 strikeouts in 134 2/3 innings.

Peralta is 10-21 with a 3.94 ERA in 407 relief appearances in his eight year career with the Angels, Royals, Rockies, Nationals, and Rays.

In a post to MLB Trade Rumors, Tim Dierkes predicts Peralta will sign with the Mets, saying, “I’m guessing someone will commit two years to Peralta even though he turns 37 in March, and it won’t be the Rays.  The Mets could use a solid veteran arm at the back end of their bullpen, and Peralta’s flyball tendencies might not be a problem at Citi Field.”

Peralta earned $2.2 million in a one-year contract he signed before the 2012 season to avoid arbitration.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Peralta has proven to be a solid reliever in recent seasons. He is a three-pitch pitcher with a fastball which sits in the low 90s and he compliments those pitches with a hard curveball and splitter. He is a strike thrower and racks up a lot of strikeouts. I agree with Dierkes that Peralta’s fly ball tendencies shouldn’t be a huge issue pitching at Citi Field, and the Mets do in fact need a veteran presence in the bullpen, especially if they decide to go with a lot of young, hard throwing, in-house options. Peralta would fill a lot of needs the Mets have in the bullpen in a variety of ways as a result..