The 39-year-old Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA and three saves in 33 appearances in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Add another name to the already lengthy list of bullpen candidates for the Mariners.
The Mariners announced Tuesday that they have signed veteran right-handed reliever Joel Peralta to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.
The 39-year-old Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA and three saves in 33 appearances in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out 24 and walked eight in 29 innings, holding hitters to a .248 average.
Peralta went on the disabled list twice — from April 26 to June 22 (right-shoulder strain) and from Aug. 11 to Sept. 1 (right-neck strain).
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He has pitched in the major leagues for 11 seasons with the Angels, Royals, Rockies, Nationals, Rays and Dodgers. He is 19-34 with 15 saves and a 3.94 ERA in 589 career appearances, striking out 579 and walking 177.
In four seasons with Tampa (2011-14), he made 296 relief appearances, including 80 in 2013. He posted a 3.58 ERA, struck out 293 in 269 1/3 innings and walked 84, a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.49.
Peralta has proven to be an effective reliever despite an average fastball that tops out at around 91 mph. Peralta uses deception and a nasty split-finger fastball to get batters out.
The list of right-handed relievers in camp includes:
On the 40-man roster
- Tony Zych
- Evan Scribner
- Ryan Cook
- Justin De Fratus
- Mayckol Guaipe
- Steve Cishek
- Jonathan Aro
- Joaquin Benoit
- Joel Peralta
- Blaker Parker
- Casey Coleman