Dodgers acquire Joel Peralta from the Rays in a four-player trade

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Andrew Friedman plucked a couple of players from his old team as the Rays and Dodgers engaged in some late night dealing, swapping a total of four pitchers. The Dodgers got reliever Joel Peralta and minor league pitcher Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for prospects Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

Peralta, 38, has been a reliable bullpen arm for several years now, though he fell off a bit this past season, posting a 4.41 ERA tin 2014 following a four-year run in which he had a combined 3.07 ERA in 255 innings. His strikeout/walk numbers are still very strong, however, suggesting that he’s still solid and was the victim of some defensive falloff, balls in play getting through and the like. He’ll certainly help a Dodgers bullpen that had some serious problems getting to Kenley Jansen last season.

Liberatore is a 27-year-old minor league reliever. Dominguez and Harris are interesting (mostly) minor league arms. Dominguez can top 100 m.p.h. on the gun, even if he struggled in 14 appearances in the bigs. Harris pitched in A-ball last season. He’s the son of one of the Greg Harrises that pitched in the bigs back in the 80s and 90s. Greg A. Harris was his old man, not Greg W. Both of them had stints on the Padres, thus confusing everyone even more.

This is of no interest to anyone younger than, oh, 35 I imagine. And to Harris himself, of course.

 

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.