The possibility of David Peralta returning after wearing a Tampa Bay Rays uniform due to a trade last year, but suffering from sluggishness, has been suggested.
‘Tampa Bay Times’ reporter Mark Topkin said on the 6th (Korean time), “Tampa Bay has been trying to recruit a veteran left-handed batter in the offseason. But this didn’t go ahead. Therefore, it may be possible to sign Peralta, which seemed unlikely just a few months ago.”
Veteran Peralta was traded to Tampa Bay ahead of the trade deadline last year. In return, he gave Rookie League catcher Christian Suda 스포츠토토to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Contrary to his expectations, however, Peralta failed to hit a single home run and left the team with a batting average of 0.255 and 18 RBIs with an OPS of 0.652.
Because he was so bad, he was quiet in the free agent market, and he has not been able to find a team so far. It looked like it would be difficult to find such a new team, but Tampa Bay has a chance to sign it.
Reporter Topkin said, “Last year, Peralta suffered from a herniated disc, and it is reported that he underwent surgery this offseason. The sluggishness is very likely to be related to the injury,” he explained.
Peralta is a hitter who showed good form to the extent that he had a season in which he initially hit 30 homers. He recorded a career batting average of 0.281, 110 homers, 486 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.796, and won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger once.
If there is no injury, there is no doubt that he is a player who can be of great help to the team. Attention is focusing on whether Peralta can once again join hands with Tampa Bay and revive.