Yankees Interested in Re-Signing Wandy Peralta
Key Reliever Could Return to the Bullpen
There may still be hope for Wandy Peralta’s time with the Yankees as the team has expressed interest in re-signing the free agent reliever, according to multiple sources.
Peralta, 32, has proven to be an invaluable asset to the Yankees’ bullpen since his acquisition from the Giants for Mike Tauchman in the early stages of the 2021 season. The left-handed pitcher boasts an impressive 2.82 ERA over 165 games and 153 innings for the team, often performing in high-pressure situations.
During the 2023 season, Peralta appeared in 63 games, recording a 2.83 ERA over 54 innings before a right triceps strain prematurely ended his campaign in mid-September. Yankees manager Aaron Boone remains optimistic about Peralta’s recovery, stating, “I feel like it’s a minor injury that shouldn’t impact his free agency at all. However, we didn’t want him to push through and risk further damage.”
Peralta has earned a reputation as a tenacious competitor in the Yankees’ bullpen, consistently ranking second on the team in games pitched over the past two seasons. His exceptional performance in the 2022 postseason solidified his status as a reliable asset, appearing in all seven games, including every game of the American League Division Series.
While the Yankees have a history of finding bargain relievers, Peralta’s value extends beyond his on-field contributions. He is a beloved member of the team’s bullpen and serves as a mentor to younger pitchers. Boone praised Peralta, stating, “He’s a big-game pitcher, unafraid of any moment. Not only does he neutralize left-handed hitters, but he is also a consummate professional and a leader in the bullpen.”
In addition to Peralta, the Yankees have several other relievers who are in-house free agents. Keynan Middleton, among them, has expressed a strong desire to return to the team.