Oct 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) before game four of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jhonny Peralta close to deal with Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have been busy in recent days.

Earlier this week, the Cardinals traded hometown favorite and 2011 postseason hero David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim).  St. Louis acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos in the deal that also saw the teams exchange two other players: outfield prospect Randal Grichuk went to the Cardinals and reliever Fernando Salas went to the Angels.

With Freese’s departure, a hole in the infield was created.  But, it would appear the Cardinals have found at least part of the solution.

According to a report from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com and Baseball America, the Cardinals are “closing in on a deal” with free agent Jhonny Peralta.

The news, if, or it would seem like when it becomes official, would add to a busy day in Major League Baseball free agency.  Earlier in the day it was reported that free agent and former Atlanta Braves’ catcher Brian McCann has agreed to a 5-year $85 million deal with the New York Yankees.

Peralta was limited to 107 games in 2013 due to a 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.  The 31-year old hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI.

Peralta has spent part of 11 seasons in MLB, all with either the Cleveland Indians or Detroit Tigers.

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  • Ovadia

    Does Peralta bill as the starting shortstop? That seems a far cry from “young” and “cost controlled;” could Jhonny be a bench/platoon bat with Wong (Carp takes 2nd) and whoever the SS is? Any word on years or dollars or AAV?

    • Mike

      At the moment and in my opinion (assuming he is signed), Peralta is the every day SS, especially with the possible offer the cards will make for him. Wong is your everyday 2nd and Carpenter is everyday at 3rd (his natural position). Bench/platoon in the infield will be Kozma and Descalso. I like this move if it happens. The cards fill a need at SS without sacrificing any young pitching or Adams right now. They’ll have more leverage if other teams have been eyeing the Cards prospects and the Cards could get a young SS with more upside. Slightly risky to go on a semi long term deal and a lot of money for Peralta. But, I think it’ll pay dividends for the Cards when baiting the young talent they have for a trade.