The Tampa Bay Rays acquired longtime Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta on Saturday. Jul 17, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta (6) gestures while rounding the bases after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The American League Wild Card race is one that is extremely competitive, with a number of teams coming into Saturday clearly in the hunt to earn one of the two playoff spots available.

That list of teams includes the Tampa Bay Rays, who made what could be a key addition to their playoff push in a notable trade on Saturday.

The Rays have acquired veteran outfielder David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks for catcher prospect Christian Cerda.

The Diamondbacks are on the outside of the playoff picture in the National League, so it was expected that they would likely be sellers at the trade deadline.

The Rays have a clear need for Peralta after it was recently diagnosed that Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will miss the rest of the 2022 MLB season after undergoing left hip labrum surgery.

Peralta — who won the Silver Slugger Award in 2018 and a Gold Glove in 2019 — has spent the entirety of his nine-year career with the Diamondbacks. But he will now be heading to Tampa Bay to help provide some depth in the outfield for the organization.

He has had a solid season for the Diamondbacks thus far, hitting 12 home runs on the year while slashing .248/.316/.460 on the year.

Many Diamondback fans are certainly upset to see a long-time fan favorite like Peralta was in Arizona leaving the organization.

It appears like the New York Yankees have a firm grasp on the AL East division lead, but this move makes it clear that the Rays are still trying to make a push for a Wild Card spot this year.

[Jeff Passan]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.