Sources: Padres Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Wandy Peralta For Bullpen

Free agent left-hander Wandy Peralta is set to join the San Diego Padres in a major deal worth $16.5 million over four years, sources have confirmed. This contract includes three player opt-out clauses, providing flexibility for Peralta.

Peralta, a 32-year-old pitcher, made a name for himself with the New York Yankees during the past three seasons, particularly shining in 2023. His performance was impressive, allowing only 36 hits across 54 innings in 63 games, resulting in a stellar 2.83 ERA. Notably, he excelled at preventing inherited runners from scoring, with only five out of 28 crossing the plate, matching his career-best 18% from 2021.

One of Peralta’s standout pitches is his changeup, which he effectively uses against both right and left-handed hitters. In the 2023 season, opposing batters struggled against his changeup, batting only .185. With the departure of former Padres closer Josh Hader, Peralta’s arrival will fulfill the team’s need for a reliable left-handed reliever. He will partner with newcomer Yuki Matsui in this critical bullpen role as the Padres continue to revamp their pitching staff under the guidance of new manager Mike Shildt.

Throughout his eight-season MLB career, Peralta has maintained a career ERA of 3.88. However, his recent success can be attributed to the increased prominence of his slider and sinker alongside his effective changeup. Remarkably, he has not surrendered a home run off his sinker since 2019, a testament to his skill on the mound and a key factor in securing a multi-year contract with the Padres.