Joel Peralta will be part of the Rays’ bullpen for another season, as Tampa Bay exercised the right-hander’s $2.5 million option for 2015.
At age 38 he seemingly showed signs of decline, posting a 4.41 ERA this season following a four-year run in which he had a combined 3.07 ERA in 255 innings, but Peralta’s secondary numbers suggest that he pitched a whole lot better than his ERA.
He had a fantastic 74/15 K/BB ratio in 63 innings for the second-best strikeout rate and second-best strikeout-to-walk ratio of his career. Expect him to work the late innings again for the Rays.
Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of The Athletic report that the Mets and free agent starter Rick Porcello have agreed on a one-year contract. Per Jon Heyman, the deal is for $10 million.
Porcello, 30, is coming off of the worst season of his career. Though he went 14-12, he compiled an ugly 5.52 ERA with 143 strikeouts and 45 walks over 174 1/3 innings. It has been a rough three years for Porcello, who has an aggregate 4.79 ERA since 2017.
The benefit of this one-year deal for Porcello is that, if he has a bounce-back season, he can potentially leverage that into a multi-year contract next offseason.
The Mets also signed Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million deal on Wednesday. The rotation already features Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz. Unless the Mets trade one of those four, they will seemingly have to use one of Porcello and Wacha out of the bullpen to start the 2020 season with the odd man out serving as rotation insurance.