Heading into the offseason, one of the areas the Los Angeles Dodgers needed to address was their bullpen. Their first step was overhauling the front office that landed them Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations and Farhan Zaidi as general manager.
With the new executives in place, the Dodgers made minor moves in claiming infielder Ryan Jackson off waivers and trading for Minor League outfielder Kyle Jensen. Late Thursday night, the Dodgers announced they traded for Adam Liberatore and Joel Peralta from the Tampa Bay Rays.
In exchange for the relievers, the Dodgers sent the Rays Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. Peralta appeared in 69 games with the Rays last season and was 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA in his fourth year with the team. He is under contract for $2.5 million in 2015 and has $2.5 million options in 2016 and 2017.
The Rays selected Liberatore in the 21st round of the 2010 draft and he’s yet to crack the Major-League roster. The southpaw spent a portion of 2013 and all of last season with the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate.
Last season, Liberatore went 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 54 games (65 innings). He held left-handed batters to a .176 batting average and struck out 86 batters to just 15 walks. Dominguez signed with the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 2007 and debuted with the Dodgers in 2013.
As a hard-throwing right-hander, Dominguez was given small windows of opportunity in the Dodger bullpen, but battled control issues that prevented him from becoming a mainstay. Dominguez appeared in 14 games with the Dodgers and leaves with a 6.14 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched.
The Dodgers drafted Harris in the 13th round in 2013 and he spent last season with Low-A Great Lakes. Harris started in 16 of the 22 games he appeared in and finished with a 7-6 record to go with a 4.45 ERA.
Liberatore was placed on the 40-man roster, which is now full as the Dodgers added Zach Lee, Chris Reed and Scott Schebler to the roster on Thursday.