Cubs agree to terms on a Minor League contract with veteran reliever RHP Joel Peralta
The Cubs added another veteran reliever to the organization Thursday. The Cubs signed RHP Joel Peralta to a minor league contract. The Mariners released 40-year old right-hander on June 4.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Royals and Blue Jays showed interest in Peralta before he signed with the Cubs.
Joel Peralta will report to Triple-A Iowa.
Joe Maddon is very familiar with Peralta from their time together in Tampa. Peralta pitched for Maddon from 2011-14 before he was traded to the Dodgers along with Adam Liberatore for Greg Harris and Jose Dominguez in November 2014. Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 5.00 FIP last season in 33 games with the Dodgers.
In four seasons with the Rays, Joel Peralta was 11-22 with 10 saves, a 3.58 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a 3.40 FIP. Peralta appeared in 296 games and completed 269 1/3 innings while allowing 113 runs, 107 earned, on 200 hits with 84 walks and 293 strikeouts.
Joel Peralta made 26 appearances for the Mariners this season after signing as a free agent in February. Peralta was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 5.52 FIP. In 23 1/3 innings, Peralta allowed 14 runs on 24 hits with seven walks and 28 strikeouts.
The Cubs released veteran relievers RHP Jean Machi and RHP Brandon Gomes on Wednesday and shook up the Triple-A Iowa bullpen with the additions of RHP Corey Black and RHP Miguel Mejia from Double-A Tennessee.
The Cubs have not announced when Joel Peralta will report to Triple-A Iowa.