MLB Trade Deadline: Rays acquires David Peralta from Diamondbacks

The Tampa Bay Rays added a much-needed power racket. The club has acquired veteran defensive player David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league owner Christian Cerda. Both teams announced the trade.

Peralta, 34, is in the final season of his contract. The D-Backs are loaded with young players (Daulton Varsho, Alek Thomas, Pavin Smith, top potential Corbin Carroll, etc.) so the only question was whether they’d move from Peralta on the deadline, or when he became a free agent after the season. The deadline for trade is.

Left-handed pitcher Peralta has a .248/.316/.460 batting streak with 12 home runs this season, including a .268/.325/.498 streak against right-hand pitchers. The Rays are just like any team in baseball and the odds are that Peralta won’t face many left-handed shooters the rest of the season. Peralta is also a good sneaky defensive player.

Once a minor league player with the St. Louis Cardinals, Peralta turned into an independent league center player after being released in May 2009. He then signed with the D-Backs as a free agent in the minor league in July 2013 and hit his way to the major leagues a year later. Peralta is a career .283/ .340/ .463 hitter in portions of nine seasons.

The rays are currently without Wander Franco (wrist), Harold Ramirez (thumb), Manuel Margot (knee), Mike Zunino (shoulder), and others. They came into Saturday averaging just 4.11 runs per game, the ninth lowest in baseball. The offense was in desperate need of a shake-up and the stadium was an obvious place to add it.

On Saturday afternoon, the Rays beat the Cleveland Guardians (TB 6, CLE 4) to open a 2.5-game lead over Cleveland to finish third and final in the MLS. Saturday’s win saw Tampa improve to 54-47.

The D quarterbacks are 45-54 and have come off well from the post-season race in the National League. The sale is expected to continue before Tuesday’s deadline, with veteran candidates Ian Kennedy and Mark Melancon relocating.

MLB.com does not rank Cerda, 19, among the top 30 prospects in Tampa. He’s hit .315/.464/.519 with two home runs and walked more (15) hits (12) in 20 rookie ball games this season.

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