Jhonny Peralta close to signing with Cardinals

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Jerry Crasnick at ESPN is reporting former Tiger shortstop Jhonny Peralta is close to signing with the St Louis Cardinals.

SUNDAY UPDATE: JP Morosi says that Peralta is expected to sign a four year contract. Details still not confirmed.

UPDATE 2:  John Heyman tweets that the deal is official

Former Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is closing in on a deal with the St Louis Cardinals, according to a report by Jerry Crasnick at ESPN.com. Here is the tweet


On Friday, reports were circling whch had Peralta asking for a contract worth $ 56 to $ 75 million for four to five seasons. Previous reports indicated that the former Tiger shortstop was seeking "much more than three years and $ 45 million".

Yet another report, from Jon Paul Morosi at Fox Sports, tied the Cardinals to Peralta.


The Cardinals are known to be looking for a shortstop, and Peralta is a free agent looking for a team. Peralta earned a salary of $ 6 million with the Tigers in 2013, and $ 5.5 million in 2012.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted the cost of signing Peralta would indeed by high:


Peralta is considered by many to be the best shortstop available on the free agent market this off season, after hitting .303/.358/.457 with an OPS of .815 in a suspension shortened 2013. The only other shortstop who would come close in production is Stephen Drew of the Red Sox. Drew declined a qualifying one-year offer of $ 14.1 million, meaning any team that signs him would have to surrender their highest unprotected draft pick.

Peralta has the highest WAR of any shortstop in the American League over the past three seasons. His batting numbers are well above average for his position, along with average defense according to either UZR or Bill James's defensive runs saved (DRS).

One can't help but wonder; if Peralta can get that kind of long term contract, what would his teammate, Omar Infante, be looking for? Dave Dombrowski's comments after the trade for Ian Kinsler suggest the Tigers may have been out of the running for Infante before the deal with the Rangers was put together.

Peralta was the second or third most productive hitter in the Tiger lineup in 2013, despite missing 50 games due to a suspension related to the Biogenesis scandal. His departure from the Tigers has been a foregone conclusion since the Detroit acquired Jose Iglesias in a trade at the end of July.

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