A little more than a month into his tenure as the President of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Andrew Friedman completed a trade with his old organization, the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Joel Peralta and minor league pitcher Adam Liberatore in exchange for hard-throwing right-hander Jose Dominguez and minor league pitcher Greg Harris.
The deal gives Los Angeles a veteran who can help bridge the gap between their starters and closer Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers' bullpen struggled in the set-up innings last season, and that weakness was especially glaring during the post-season. Peralta should help stabilize that part of the Dodgers' bullpen.
The 38-year-old has been in the big leagues since 2005, but he has been at his best the past four seasons with the Rays. The right-hander had a 3.58 ERA in 269.1 innings for the Rays from 2011-2014. His worst season with Tampa was last year, when he posted a 4.41 ERA in 63.1 innings. However, his K/9 was still 10.5 and he only walked 2.1 per nine innings. Both numbers are strong indications that his ERA is likely to bounceback in 2015. He is owed $2.5 million for next season and his contract calls for team options in 2016 and 2017 worth $2.5 million each.
Liberatore is a left-handed reliever who had a standout season for Triple-A Durham in 2014. In 65 innings, he had a 1.66 ERA and 86 strike-outs. He allowed just one homerun and opposing batters hit only .187 against him. Liberatore was a 21st-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Tennessee Tech. Liberatore is not currently on the Dodgers' 40-man roster and will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft.
Dominguez joins Tampa's 40-man roster and brings with him a fastball that has been clocked as high as 103 MPH. He has had two brief stints in the big leagues with the Dodgers the past two seasons. In 14.2 big league innings, Dominguez has a 6.14 ERA and a 12:6 K:BB. In 318 career minor league innings, Dominguez has a 4.25 ERA and a 353:153 K:BB. He spent most of the 2014 season at the Triple-A level, and pitched well for Albuquerque despite the hitter-friendly environment. Dominguez was a starter early in his career, but he has been exclusively a reliever the past few seasons.
Harris, the son of the former major-league pitcher of the same name, was a 17th-round pick of the Dodgers in 2013 out of high school. He spent last season in the Low-A Midwest League, where he struck-out more than one batter per inning (92 in 87 innings) and had a 4.45 ERA. Harris made 16 starts and six relief appearances in his first full season of professional baseball.