I hear the Mets like him a lot. He’s a good bat, which they of course desperately need; he plays shortstop adequately; he’s durable; he has a good clubhouse reputation, despite his Biogenesis involvement; and he won’t cost a draft pick as compensation because the Tigers didn’t make him a qualifying offer on Monday.
Peralta, 31, had a triple slash of .303/.358/.457 in 448 plate appearances over 107 games during the 2013 season for Detroit. He missed 50 games due to his Biogenesis related suspension.
Due to the poor production they got from the shortstop position last year, if the Mets sign either Peralta or fellow free agent Stephen Drew, their shortstop situation should be improved significantly heading into 2014.
Like Nelson Cruz, there should be some worry about how much of Peralta’s numbers were inflated by his use of PED’s. However, he isn’t someone who lives off his power (like Cruz), and an interested club may be able to snag him for two guaranteed years.
I’d prefer Drew, but Peralta would be a solid option as well.