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

Mets Talk To Free Agent Shortstop Jhonny Peralta

Earlier this evening, a team source confirmed to Adam Rubin that the Mets have engaged in conversation with free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

Peralta, 31, a thirteen year MLB veteran, spent the last 3 1/2 seasons with the Detroit Tigers.  He made 409 official plate appearances in 2013, and completed a .300 season, (.303) for the first time in his career.  He is otherwise a .268 career hitter.  Peralta hit 30 doubles, 11 home runs, slugged .457, and posted a .358 OBP – his best mark since 2005 with Cleveland.

Defensively, he posted a .991 fielding average, with four errors in 438 chances at short.

This last season, he served a 50-game suspension related to Biogenesis.

Adam Rubin also reiterated the Mets’ desire to seek a shortstop from outside the organization.

Thoughts:

I wouldn’t want the Mets going beyond two or three years to secure Peralta.  He made $6 million dollars last season.  I wouldn’t be inclined to give him much more, if at all.

He would no doubt add a measure of offense to the lineup, but he only strikes me as a stop gap solution.  Perhaps that is the plan.  If so, I hope he comes priced like one.

 

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