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Royals sign Wily Peralta to a one-year deal

Leave a comment’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Wily Peralta to a one-year deal worth $1.525 million. He has a club option for the 2019 season worth $3 million with a $25,000 buyout.

Peralta, 28, has spent the past six seasons with the Brewers. Across 120 starts and 12 relief appearances, the right-hander owns a 4.48 career ERA with 511 strikeouts and 257 walks in 704 2/3 innings. His 2017 was disastrous, as he finished with a 7.85 ERA.

The rebuilding Royals seem to have a solid amount of pitching depth as it is, so Peralta will likely end up pitching the middle innings out of the bullpen.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.