The Tampa Rays are the worst team in baseball at the moment and haven’t had many save opportunities. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be looking to add any of their relievers that may be getting save chances in the immediate future.
The latest of which happens to be Joel Peralta, who should be targeted in deep or AL-only leagues for the time being.
While I am still a fan of Jake McGee getting save opportunities, Rays’ manager Joe Maddon is committed to going with a closer by committee approach and for the first time on Sunday Peralta was in the mix.
Peralta pitched a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts on Sunday to collect his first save of the season.
It’s it is worth noting that Grant Balfour and Jake McGee pitched the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, which means that Maddon was likely planning on using Peralta as his closer on Sunday ahead of time.
It will be very interesting to see who gets the next opportunity, but Peralta should be picked up in many formats for the time being although I would wait on him for a bit in standard mixed leagues.
He certainly has the skills to hold the job, posting a 10.0 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, and 3.40 xFIP this season.
If you are chasing saves, Peralta is certainly worth keeping an eye on for the time being. If he gets the next opportunity I certainly would make a move to grab him quickly.