Rays pitchers stood along the first-base line waiting for a turn to work on their pickoff moves to second base during one of the early days of spring training.

Two pitchers separated from the group, Joel Peralta and Alex Colome. Peralta, the veteran, showed Colome, the rookie, how to get the ball out of his glove, turn and throw to second base, with Colome mimicking Peralta's moves.

On a chilly morning a few weeks later, the Rays assembled inside Charlotte Sports Park for batting practice. Two pitchers lagged behind, Peralta and Josh Lueke. They moved side-by-side in a slow walk, with the man who has pitched in 407 big-league games doing all the talking.

On Friday, Rays manager Joe Maddon stepped out of his office and spotted Peralta moving down the hallway with his arm draped over the shoulder of rookie pitcher Enny Romero.

"There it is," Maddon said, using that image as his answer when asked to quantify Peralta's value to the Rays.