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Joel Peralta Gives Dodgers Much Needed Relief

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What They Gave Up

One of the Dodgers most exciting bullpen arms over the past few seasons has been righty Jose Dominguez. The six-foot Dominican threw as hard as anyone in the system and routinely reached triple digits. Now, he’s a Ray.

Dominguez suffered an injury last year that kept him off the playoff roster and has had control issues in his brief time with the Major League club, but pitchers who throw as hard as he does are generally cut more slack given their upside.

In 2014, Dominguez accomplished the rare feat of pitching well in Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a 3.24 ERA in 31 games with the Isotopes. The other young pitcher the Dodgers gave up was Greg Harris.

Harris, drafted in the 17th round in 2013, put up solid numbers with Low-A Great Lakes in 2014 — ending with a 4.45 ERA and a 9.5 K/9. He has average stuff across the board but mixes four pitches with solid control. Tall and lean, there’s some projection left in him moving forward.

Who Got The Better Deal?

It’s tough to answer this right away. The Dodgers definitely helped their relief corps, though how much is left up to Peralta’s BABIP regression. They also picked up another lefty, which is never a bad thing.

The Dodgers did surrender a couple of relievers with promise, but neither was irreplaceable. It’s difficult to see young players traded for veterans, but if Peralta can bridge the gap to Jansen in 2015, there likely won’t be many complaints about what could have been.

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  1. Rays got the better of the deal…2 young guns for a 38 year old reliever and a wannabe lefty? Friedman blew this deal…and trading for an OF they did not need and picking up a SS who has never been anything in the bigs, cost them a roster spot that cost them a reliever who could be great.Garcia…..so that’s 3 arms south of 26 for 2 old guys, a so so power hitter with no MLB time and a SS who can’t hit either………

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