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Dominican Wily Peralta signs with Royals

The Royals on Tuesday signed right-handed swingman Wily Peralta to a one-year deal with a club option for 2019, the club announced.

According to a source, the deal is guaranteed for $1.525 million. Peralta will get $1.5 million in 2018 with a $3 million club option in ’19, and a $25,000 buyout. The deal also includes $1.25 million in incentive bonuses each season.

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The 28 year-old right-hander has spent his entire major-league career, thus far, in Milwaukee as a member of the Brewers. His six-year stint was certainly a tale of two halves. He was signed at the age of 16 out of the Dominican Republic and made his big league debut with the club in 2012.

Over his first three seasons, Peralta started 69 games and posted a 3.83 ERA and an ERA+ of 100, which is right on par with the league average. There was a lot of hype surrounding Peralta after 2014, in which he used his lively fastball to his advantage, as he notched 17 wins.

He may compete with guys like Nate Karns and Jakob Junis for a spot in the back-end of the rotation. But he will also be a viable option as a long reliever. While the signing might not jump off the page, this is a great low-risk, high-reward option for the Kansas City Royals, especially if they initiate a re-tooling phase.

Peralta made one start for the Dominican Republic in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, taking a no-decision in a 10-3 victory over Colombia on March 12.  He allowed one run on two hits with a walk and six strikeouts over 4.0 innings in his outing.

Prior to 2017, he had made at least 20 Major League starts in four consecutive seasons (2013-16), which included a career-high 32 in both 2013 and 2014.  He was the Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher in 2014, with a career-high 17 wins, tying for fifth-most in the National League, finishing at 17-11 with a 3.53 ERA, while also recording a career-high 22 quality starts.  The right-hander was Milwaukee’s Opening Day starter in 2016.  In 132 career outings (120 starts), Peralta is 47-52 with a 4.48 ERA.

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