The Dodgers started the process of rebuilding their embattled bullpen, acquiring right-hander Joel Peralta in a multi-player deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.
In exchange for Peralta and minor league left-hander Adam Liberatore, the Dodgers traded hard-throwing right-hander Jose Dominguez and minor league right-hander Greg Harris.
Peralta, who turns 39 in March, has pitched in 69 or more games in each of the last four seasons. He led the major leagues with 80 appearances in 2013, when he posted a 3.71 earned-run average.
Peralta is under contract next year for $2.5 million. His deal includes $2.5-million team options for 2016 and 2017. He was signed by the Dodgers’ new president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, the former general manager of the Rays.
Liberatore, a 27-year-old left-hander who has never pitched in the major leagues, posted a 1.66 ERA in 54 games with triple-A Durham this year. He was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, which is now full.
Dominguez, 24, has a fastball that has been clocked as high as 103 mph. He pitched in 14 major league games over the last two seasons, posting a 6.14 ERA.