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Rays re-sign Joel Peralta to one-year contract

The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta to a one-year major league contract, avoiding arbitration.

Peralta, 35, went 3-4 with a 2.93 ERA (67.2-IP, 22-ER) in 2011 and tied for second among American League relievers with 71 appearances, the fifth-highest single-season total in Rays history.  The relief pitcher recorded a career-high six saves, four of which came in September while Kyle Farnsworth was out with elbow tenderness.  He held first batters faced to a .072 (5-for-69) batting average, the best mark in the majors.  He also held left-handed batters to a .155 (17-for-110) average, the second-lowest mark among major league relievers (min. 100 AB) in 2011 and lowest single-season mark in Rays history (min. 100 AB). 

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The righthander has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors.  He has also pitched for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005), Kansas City Royals (2006-08), Colorado Rockies (2009) and Washington Nationals (2010), compiling a career 3.99 ERA.  He began his career as an outfielder in the Oakland Athletics system in 1997 and converted to a pitcher in 1999 with the Angels.

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