PHOENIX – The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks, adding a veteran left-hander for the playoff race.
The Rays sent 19-year-old minor league catcher Christian Cerda to the Diamondbacks.
The 34-year-old Peralta has played his entire nine-year MLB career with D-Back, where he won the Silver Slugger Award in 2018 and the Gold Glove in 2019. His bat has slowed down in recent seasons, but he is still very good against right-handed pitching.
Peralta – the fan favorite in Arizona – has a .248 average, 12 homers and 41 RBIs this season.
Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said the trade made sense for the organization, especially since Peralta is a free agent in a few months, but it was still a difficult moment.
“It was a difficult conversation, it was an emotional conversation,” Hazen said. “He brought energy, enthusiasm and he was a really good player for us.”
Peralta’s unique background made him the darling of many baseball fans. He was a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization before his release in 2009 caused injuries. He then played independent ball, and was signed as an outfielder by the D-Backs in 2013 before making the big leagues in 2014.
Cerda is batting .315 on a rookie level ball.
Raz David Peralta’s Acquisition in Business with D-Back Originally appeared on NBCSports.com