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Mariners sign Joel Peralta to minor league contract

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The right-hander will be in big league camp with the Mariners in Peoria.

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LOS ANGELES -- Former Dodgers pitcher Joel Peralta has a new home, signing a minor league deal with the Mariners that includes a non-roster invitation to spring training, Seattle announced on Tuesday. Peralta's salary when in the majors is $1.25 million, per Jon Heyman.

Peralta, who turns 40 in March, was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 games for the Dodgers in 2015 with three saves, 24 strikeouts and eight walks in 29 innings. He missed 53 games on the disabled list with right shoulder soreness from April to June, then missed another 19 games on the DL with a right neck sprain in August.

After returning from the disabled list, Peralta had a strong September, with 11 strikeouts and no walks among his 31 batters faced, allowing only two solo home runs in nine innings. He earned a spot on the National League Division Series roster against the Mets, and he pitched a perfect inning in Game 1, his only appearance of the series.

The Dodgers declined a $2.5 million club option on Peralta for 2016 on Nov. 6, making him a free agent.

Peralta was acquired via trade with relief pitcher Adam Liberatore on Nov. 20, 2014 from the Rays in exchange for relief pitcher Jose Dominguez and minor league pitcher Greg Harris. After four years in Tampa Bay, that gave Peralta a fifth straight year working under Andrew Friedman, who left the Rays to join the Dodgers as president of baseball operations a month before.

In 11 major league seasons, Peralta has a 3.94 ERA in 589 games, all relief appearances, with 15 saves, 579 strikeouts, 177 walks and 620⅔ innings.