Friday, March 24, 2023

Dodgers agree to terms with Jimmy Nelson, Alex Reyes & David Peralta

Los Angeles, California – The Los Angeles Dodgers have moved right-handed pitchers Walker Buehler, J. P. Feyereisen, and Blake Treinen to the 60-day injured list and signed right-handed pitchers Alex Reyes and Jimmy Nelson, as well as outfielder David Peralta, to Major League contracts.

Nelson, 33, agrees to a $1.2 million one-year contract. Following Tommy John surgery, the former Alabama right-hander missed the entire season. In 2021, he pitched for the Dodgers in 28 games and went 1-2 with a 1.86 earned run average (6 earned runs/29.0 innings) and 44 walks. Since joining the Dodgers in 2020, the Florida native has played in parts of seven Major League seasons. He is 34-48 with a 4.12 earned run average (303 earned runs per 662.1 innings) and 622 strikeouts over his MLB career. After being selected in the second round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Alabama, he began his professional career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 33-46 with a 4.22 ERA (297 ER/633.1 IP) and 578 strikeouts during his six years with the Brewers. After going 12-6 in 28 starts with a 3.49 ERA (68 ER/175.1 IP) and 199 strikeouts, he finished ninth in the Cy Young voting in 2017.

For $1.1 million, Reyes, 28, signs a one-year contract through the 2023 season. After going 10-8 with a 3.24 ERA (26 ER/72.1 IP) and 95 strikeouts in 2021 with the St. Louis Cardinals, the right-hander missed the entire season due to a right shoulder injury. In 38 first-half appearances, he was a MLB All-Star and went 5-3 with 20 saves and a 1.52 ERA (7 ER/41.1 IP). Since making his Major League debut in 2016 with the Cardinals, he has played in the Major Leagues for a portion of five seasons. In 101 games (seven starts), he is 16-11 with a 2.86 earned run average, 177 strikeouts, and 31 saves. On December 3, 2012, the Cardinals signed him as an international free agent.

35-year-old Peralta signs a $6.5 million contract for one year. After spending the previous season with Arizona and Tampa Bay, he will join the Dodgers. He hit.251 (110-for-439), had 12 home runs, and scored 59 runs in 134 games. Before being traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for minor league catcher Christian Cerda, he started the season with Arizona and hit.248/.316/.460 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 87 games. The left-handed outfielder from Valencia, Venezuela, has been playing in the Major Leagues since 2014. In 1,008 games, he has hit a combined.281 (1001-for-3558), with 110 home runs and 486 RBI. On July 3, 2013, he became a free agent and joined the Diamondbacks from the Amarillo Sox of the American Association Independent League.

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