SEATTLE — Add veteran reliever Joel Peralta to the Mariners’ spring mix of bullpen candidates.
Peralta, 39, agreed Tuesday to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to big-league camp. He is an 11-year veteran who battled shoulder and neck issues last season while going 3-1 with a 4.34 in 33 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"Terrific makeup," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He’s been very resilient through the years in addition to being highly competitive on the mound.
"He brings significant experience in a variety of roles and will compete for a spot on our major-league staff this spring."
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Peralta gets $1.25 million if he makes the big-league club and adds another right-handed arm to a deep spring list of middle-relief candidates that already includes Evan Scribner, Justin De Fratus, Tony Zych and Ryan Cook.
Zych is the only holdover from last year’s club. The Mariners are likely to keep no more than three pitchers from that group when they break camp for their April 4 season opener at Texas.
Peralta became a free agent in November when the Dodgers declined to pick up his $2.5 million option for 2016. He is 19-34 with a 3.94 ERA in 589 career games.
While slowed last year by injuries, Peralta averaged 74 appearances over the four previous seasons at Tampa Bay. He led majors in 2013 with 80 outings.
The Mariners’ camp roster now consists of 58 players, including 18 non-roster invites. Camp opens Feb. 19 when pitchers and catchers report for physical examinations at the club’s year-round complex in Peoria, Ariz.
The first full-squad workout is Feb. 25.
Peralta is a converted infielder who reached the majors as a reliever in 2005 with the Los Angeles Angels. He then spent time with Kansas City, Colorado, Washington and Tampa Bay before signing last year with the Dodgers.
A slider specialist, Peralta spent two tours last season on the disabled list: April 26 to June 22 because of a strained right shoulder, and Aug. 11 to Sept. 1 because of a sprain on the right side of his neck.
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