The Mets clandestinely met with free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta, according to league sources.
No Mets person would admit there was a meeting with Peralta, but sources on other teams said he did meet with them.
Peralta was spotted in town. While it is rare for players to attend the GM Meetings, it isn’t a bad idea for a player with a Biogenesis link to meet face-to-face with teams.
Peralta was fantastic in 2013. The 31-year old Dominican Republic native batted .303, had an on-base percentage of .358 and slugged .457. He hit 11 home runs and batted in 55 runs.
Peralta played in just 107 games because he was forced to serve a 50-game suspension after being linked to the Biogenesis case. He did, however, return for the postseason.
The Mets have also been connected Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew.