Relievers Davis, Peralta have options picked up

Two of the best late-innings relievers in the game will not hit the free agent market this winter, as the Rays picked up the option on right-hander Joel Peralta‘s contract for next season and the Royals did the same with setup man Wade Davis.

It comes as no surprise that the Royals would pick up Davis’ $7 million option after his standout 2014 season. The right-hander was dominant in a team-high 71 appearances for Kansas City, going 9-2 with a 1.00  ERA in 72 innings ahead of closer Greg Holland.

Davis’ 1.00 ERA led all Major League relievers and was eighth-lowest all-time by an AL reliever. His 109 strikeouts were also a club record for a reliever.

Peralta, who ranked second on the Rays staff with 69 appearances last year, leads all Major League pitchers with 296 appearances since he joined the Rays in 2011.

“Joel has accomplished a lot in a Rays uniform, and we are excited to welcome him back for a fifth season,” Erik Neander, the Rays’ vice president of baseball operations, said in a statement. “He’s a fiery competitor, a model teammate and a leader in the clubhouse.”

Peralta’s option was for $2.5 million.

— Joey Nowak

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