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.

 

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

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The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.

Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.

As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.