Peralta returning to Rays for 2015

St. Petersburg, FL ( – The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised a
club option on the 2015 contract of pitcher Joel Peralta.

The 38-year-old right-hander was 3-4 with a save and a 4.41 ERA in 69 games
last season, his fourth with the Rays. He allowed only two of his 24 inherited
runners to score.

“Joel has accomplished a lot in a Rays uniform, and we are excited to welcome
him back for a fifth season,” said Rays vice president of baseball operations
Erik Neander in a statement Monday. “He’s a fiery competitor, a model teammate
and a leader in the clubhouse.”

Since joining the Rays in 2011, Peralta leads all major league pitchers with
296 appearances and ranks second in holds with 115.

Peralta has also pitched for the Angels, Royals, Rockies and Nationals in a
10-year career. He owns a record of 16-33 with a 3.92 ERA and 12 saves in 556
career appearances, all out of the bullpen.

The Rays also reinstated pitcher Matt Moore to the 40-man roster and
designated infielders Vince Belnome and Jerry Sands for assignment. Moore had
been on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from Tommy John surgery
performed in April.