PHOENIX (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks, adding a veteran left-hander to race for the playoffs.
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 – a fan favorite in Arizona – has .248 averages, 12 homers and 41 RBIs this season.
“My reaction was like shock,” Peralta said. “It was definitely a sad moment for me, but on the other hand I was really excited and happy that the Rays were interested in me, in the belief that I could help them get to the playoffs and I knew that would happen.” is gonna be. “
Rays general manager Peter Bendix says Peralta will likely play a lot of left field for a club with AL-high 16 players on the injured list, including outfielders Kevin Kirmire, Manuel Margot and Harold Ramirez. Kirmayer has been ruled out for the season following surgery on his left hip.
Bendix said, “He has a history of offensive performance that we really like. We think he’s someone who can stabilize our lineup. Good defender, good goal baseball player. He’s seen a lot in this game.” . I think that balances our group well right now.”
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.
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