The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed right-handed reliever Joel Peralta to a one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration.
Peralta, 35, went 3-4 with a 2.93 earned run average in 2011 and his 71 appearances tied for second-most in the American League.
He also recorded a career-high six saves, four of which came when he filled in for sore-armed closer Kyle Farnsworth during a key stretch in September as the Rays worked to overtake the Boston Red Sox in the AL wild race.
Peralta set a Rays team record by holding left-handed hitters to a .155 batting average, second-best among AL relievers last season. He also held the first hitter he faced in each appearance to an AL-best .072 average.
Peralta has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors. He has also pitched for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005), Kansas City Royals (2006-08), Colorado Rockies (2009) and Washington Nationals (2010), compiling a career 3.99 ERA.
He began his professional baseball career as an outfielder in the Oakland Athletics farm system in 1997, then converted to a pitcher in 1999 with the Angels.