by: BERNIE WILSON, Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Free agent reliever Wandy Peralta and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a four-year, $16.5 million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical and had not been finalized.
The contract contains termination clauses after each of the first three seasons.
The 32-year-old left-hander spent the last three seasons with the New York Yankees. He went 4-2 with four saves and a 2.83 ERA in 63 appearances in 2023. He recorded 51 strikeouts and 30 walks in 54 innings.
While they still have big holes elsewhere heading into spring training, the budget-conscious Padres at least have a well-stocked bullpen. They also signed right-hander Woo-Suk Go of South Korea and left-hander Yuki Matsui of Japan to go along with several holdovers, including Robert Suarez, who is expected to be the closer after All-Star Josh Hader left via trade. free agency and sign. with Houston.
San Diego is cutting salary after failing last year and missing the playoffs despite having the third-largest payroll in the majors, $258 million on opening day.
The Padres have only two outfielders on their active roster and need to bolster their rotation behind Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove and Michael King.
King was one of five players who came from the Yankees in the blockbuster trade that sent slugger Juan Soto and outfielder Trent Grisham to New York in early December.
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