Free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year deal worth around $52 million, a source told ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden on Sunday.
Peralta, 31, is a two-time All-Star and .268 career hitter with 156 home runs in 11 seasons with Cleveland and Detroit. He missed 50 games late last season in conjunction with his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal.
As I said in my article earlier this morning, this made sense for the Cardinals. They needed a contact hitter who played great defense. Jhonny Peralta is that player. John Mozeliak is one of the top general managers in the game and even though Peralta’s association with Biogenesis doesn’t sit well with me, I know John Mozeliak did his homework on his signing. 4 years/$52 million is a reasonable price for a pretty good shortstop. That’s an average of $13 million/year and if he can produce like he did for the Tigers, it will result in a World Series ring for the Cardinals.
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