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David Peralta smiles after scoring a run at Oracle Park.

A day Arizona Diamondbacks fans have long dreaded but expected has arrived. On Saturday, the D-backs traded 34-year-old outfielder David Peralta to the Tampa Bay Rays for 19-year-old catcher Christian Cerda. After making some mechanical adjustments over the offseason, Peralta slashed .248/.316/.460 with 12 homers, 41 RBI and 1.5 fWAR for the D-backs this year in 87 games. His .212 ISO — a measure of raw power — was the second-highest of his career. In 20 games in the Florida Complex League for the Rays, Cerda was batting .315/.464/.519 in 69 plate appearances. The D-backs like his makeup, his ability to control the strike zone and his power potential. They figure to save about $3 million in the deal. Peralta…

Apr 9, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta (6) waits on deck against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With the possible exception of the starting pitching, nothing has gone right for the team in 2022. They lead the league in errors. The bullpen has the fewest strikeouts in the majors. But it’s no secret that, if any one aspect of the team should take the majority of the blame for the 3-8 start, it’s the offense.

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Following a 52-win season, the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks weren’t going to take home any team trophies. That doesn’t mean individual awards were off limits. Outfielder David Peralta was named a National League Gold Glove finalist in left field, joining the Cardinals’ Tyler O’Neill and former Diamondback A.J. Pollock, now with the Dodgers. Madison Bumgarner was named a Silver Slugger finalist...

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On June 1, 2014, David Peralta made his Arizona Diamondbacks debut at the age of 26. Going from flipping burgers at McDonald’s to pitching in independent ball to cracking the majors as an outfielder, Peralta – more commonly known as the “Freight Train” – has blossomed into arguably the most popular player on the team. As the 34-year-old enters the...

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