Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Dodgers, Rays Involved in Four-Player Swap

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Dodgers, Rays Involved in Four-Player Swap

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Dodgers, Rays make four-player deal

Reliever Joel Peralta was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade. The deal is the first major move for Los Angeles since Andrew Friedman left the Rays to become president of baseball operations for the Dodgers.

Tampa Bay received righthanders Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris and the Dodgers also obtained lefthanded pitcher Adam Liberatore.

Peralta, a 38-year-old righthander, was 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA and one save in 69 games last season, in which he struck out 74 in 63 1/ 3 innings. A 10-year major-league veteran, he spent the last four seasons with the Rays after pitching for the Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City, Colorado and Washington.

He joins a bullpen in which Brian Wilson was the primary setup man for closer Kenley Jansen.

Tampa Bay had exercised Peralta's $2.5 million option for next season. The Dodgers inherit options for the same amount for 2016 and 2017.

Dominguez, 24, made nine appearances for the Dodgers in 2013 and five this year. He also was 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 10 saves at Triple-A Albuquerque. Harris, 20, was 7-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 16 starts and six relief appearances at Class-A Great Lakes. Liberatore, 27, was 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 54 games at Triple-A Durham.

In other roster moves, Tampa Bay designated catcher Jose Molina for assignment. Molina hit .178 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 247 plate appearances last season and is guaranteed $2.75 million for 2015.

Rays narrow search * Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Rays.

Dave Martinez, the Rays' bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus.

Tampa Bay said interviews with the finalists will be scheduled for the week of Dec. 1.

Maddon left the Rays after nine seasons to manage the Chicago Cubs.

Elsewhere * A lawyer for a former University of Miami pitching coach is seeking a wide range of Major League Baseball records for the coach's upcoming trial on illegal performance-enhancing drug distribution charges. …

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