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Mariners sign veteran reliever Joel Peralta to minor league deal

Right-handed reliever Joel Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
Right-handed reliever Joel Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. The Associated Press

Add veteran reliever Joel Peralta to the Mariners’ spring mix of bullpen candidates.

Peralta, 39, agreed Tuesday to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to big-league camp. He is an 11-year veteran who battled shoulder and neck issues last season while going 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Terrific makeup,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “He’s been very resilient through the years in addition to being highly competitive on the mound.

“He brings significant experience in a variety of roles and will compete for a spot on our major league staff this spring.”

Peralta gets $1.25 million if he makes the big-league club and adds another right-handed arm to a deep list of middle-relief candidates this spring, which already includes Evan Scribner, Justin De Fratus, Tony Zych and Ryan Cook.

Zych is the only holdover from last year’s club. The Mariners are likely to keep no more than three pitchers from that group when they open their season April 4 at Texas.

Peralta became a free agent in November when the Dodgers declined to pick up his $2.5 million option for 2016. He is 19-34 with a 3.94 ERA in 589 career games.

While slowed last year by injuries, Peralta averaged 74 appearances over the four previous seasons at Tampa Bay. He led the majors in 2013 with 80 outings.

The Mariners’ camp roster now consists of 58 players, including 18 non-roster invitees. Camp opens Feb. 19 when pitchers and catchers report for physical examinations at the club’s year-round complex in Peoria, Arizona.

The first full-squad workout is Feb. 25.

Peralta is a converted infielder who reached the majors as a reliever in 2005 with the Los Angeles Angels. He then spent time with Kansas City, Colorado, Washington and Tampa Bay before signing last year with the Dodgers.

A slider specialist, Peralta went on the disabled list twice in 2015: April 26 to June 22 because of a strained right shoulder, and Aug. 11 to Sept. 1 because of a neck sprain.

Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners

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