Peralta has decided to retire from baseball, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 40-year-old never signed on with another club after being designated for assignment by the Cubs in July, and he said Friday that he's "not going to play anymore." Peralta never made an All-Star team but he put together a highly respectable 12-year major league career, posting a 4.03 ERA and 1.16 WHIP while pitching for eight different teams.
Peralta has elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Cubs last week, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. The Cubs could not find a trade partner for Peralta, and the reliever decided to become a free agent rather than report to the team's Triple-A club. Peralta posted a 5.93 ERA over 31 appearances out of the Cubs' bullpen this season but has 620 big league appearances under his belt, so he should still draw interest from teams in need of relief help.
Peralta gave up two runs on three hits - including a home run - in 1.2 innings of relief against the Mets on Sunday. On the plus side, Peralta struck out three and walked none (though he hit a batter). On the negative side, he's done little in his week with the Cubs to indicate the team will trust him in high-leverage situations. In four appearances covering just three innings, Peralta has given up five hits and five runs.
Peralta had his contract selected by the Cubs on Monday. Peralta will join the Cubs bullpen as they continue to look for a way to boost their relief staff. Peralta had a 5.40 ERA in 26 appearances with the Mariners this season before being designated for assignment, but the Cubs are likely hoping that a change of scenery can bring the best out of Peralta.
Peralta is expected to join the Cubs' bullpen Monday night, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Cubs inked Peralta to a minor league deal earlier in the month after he was DFA'd by the Mariners. The 40-year-old has made only five appearances at Triple-A Iowa, but he'll come up to provide right-handed depth in the bullpen, with the Cubs slated to send lefty Gerardo Concepcion back to Iowa in his place.