David Peralta, Venezuelan outfielder, signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, after the player had finished the 2022 season in free agency. Peralta will receive a $6.5 million contract in 2023 and will be one of the best defensive players in the outfield.
The 35-year-old outfielder split his playing time last season between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays.
In the 134 games he saw action, Peralta batted .251 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs. In the middle of the season, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on the trade date after spending 9 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In his nine-year major league career, Peralta won the Silver Slugger in the 2018 season, when he hit 30 home runs and drove in 87 runs for Arizona.
Peralta has also shown his defensive versatility by winning the Gold Glove in 2018.
Peralta arrives to the Dodgers team, after the departure of Cody Bellinger, so he could fight for a position in center field. There’s also Trayce Thompson, who had a great season in 2022.
At 35 years of age, Peralta will return to the National League West where he had his best years in the Major Leagues. The Venezuelan outfielder will also participate with the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic.
The Philadelphia Phillies reported this Friday that they reached an agreement with Venezuelan left-handed José Alvarado for the Major League season that is scheduled to start on March 30.
The National League champions will pay Alvarado $3.4 million for the 2023 season.
With this agreement, the Phillies avoided attending a salary arbitration hearing with the 27-year-old star left reliever.
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