The Tampa Bay Rays (54-47) have traded for outfielder David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks. There are a lot of solid outfielders available this trade season and the Rays picked up a very reliable one.
David Peralta has had a solid MLB career with the Diamondbacks. Through his eight and a half seasons he has put up a .283 batting average, .463 SLG and .803 OPS from 110 career homers and 468 RBIs. This season has been decent for him with 12 homers, his most since 2019, and 41 RBIs. His .248 batting average is at a career low, but he is more than capable of doing damage with Tampa Bay.
This is a huge acquisition for the Rays who have seen their outfield get torn apart by injuries. Kevin Kiermiaer is done for the season, Manuel Margot is on the 60-day injured list and Harold Ramirez is out with a thumb fracture. Having a solid defender who can also make good contact at the plate is much needed for the Rays.
In return, the Rays have received catcher Christian Cerda. The Diamondbacks are at the bottom of the National League West. Adding a young prospect behind the plate will be important for them in the coming seasons.
The Rays are sitting in third place in the American League East and are attempting to get back to the Playoffs for the fourth straight season. They are in a fight for one of the three Wild Card spots. Getting some outfield help will hopefully help increase their chances of being successful in the final months.
The Rays have not been as good as they may have hoped this season, however, much of that has to do with so many injuries. They look to build up an outfield that can lead them to more success with the addition of outfielder David Peralta. With his experience will give the Rays a lot of assistance on offense and defense.
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