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Oct 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) throws to first base but cannot get out Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) during the fifth inning in game three of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jhonny Peralta's Reps Set Shortstop's Preliminary Price At 3-Years; $45 Million

The GM Meetings are done.  The Mets have left the building.

Sandy Alderson may have set preliminary groundwork for a possible trade involving Ike Davis.  Tampa Bay, Houston, Colorado, Baltimore and Milwaukee have all expressed undetermined levels of interest.

In a more tangible development, the Mets engaged in dialogue with shortstop Jhonny Peralta.  Last season, he earned $6 million from the Detroit Tigers.  As a matter of reference, he earned a total of $16.75 million over the last three seasons.  This afternoon, Buster Olney tweeted Jhonny Peralta’s representatives may seeking upwards or beyond $45 million over three years for their client.

If that is indeed their asking price, you can count me out.  They might get Sandy Alderson to consider such a figure.  I seriously doubt it though.  But if I were in charge, I would dismiss the notion, post haste.

Spending $15 million dollars per season, on what will effectively be a 32-year old shortstop next season, with dwindling range, and who is probably better suited to play the corner positions at this stage of his career, hardly seems worth it to me.  I feel his recent offensive production and potential contributions to the Mets fall substantially short of warranting an almost three-fold jump in salary.

I have no want for wantonly spending Mr. Wilpon’s money.

In publishing Rising Apple’s GM Meetings update on Wednesday, I offered:

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.

Appreciated Rising Apple reader Herb G commented:

Jhonny Peralta is an above average shortstop, at worst.  In 2 of the last 3 years, he has been above 3 WAR.  He consistently has a positive dWAR, and in those 2 years he was over 30 oRAR.

Meanwhile, almost all trade candidates, who would require giving up prospects for, would cost us more than the $6 million a year you propose.  Erick Aybar – $25.5 million over the next 3 years. Asdrubal Cabrera – $10 million for 2014 and he is gone. Elvis Andrus – only $6.475 million this year, but and additional $118 million through 2022, plus another $15 million vesting option for 2013.  IMO, 3 years/$27-$30 million for Peralta wouldn’t be unreasonable.

Both Herb and I are both woefully short of the figure put forth by Jhonny Peralta’s representatives.  Now that we have a preliminary figure to work with, who believes Jhonny Peralta is worthy of such a contract?

I do not.  I believe the Mets already have a player in hand who, I feel projects similarly to Jhonny Peralta.  His name is Wilmer Flores.  We can debate Wilmer’s merits and shortcomings through comments if you like.  Otherwise, if Peralta were reasonably priced at perhaps $8.5 million, or reaching upwards of Herb G’s figure, I’d still seriously consider signing Peralta, but certainly not at his current asking price.

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.

I’m not trying to disparage Jhonny Peralta.  I think he’s a good ball player.  The Mets however, can spend $15 million far more wisely than on him.  The Mets have many needs that require addressing before rushing to commit $15 million per on what I still believe equates to a stop-gap shortstop.

Of course, Jhonny Peralta’s agents can ask for anything they want.  That doesn’t mean they’ll get it.  So, there is always that chance market fluctuations can bring Peralta’s asking price more in line with the Mets spending plan.


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