SECOND UPDATE, 3:20 PM:
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Jhonny Peralta wanted to play with the Cardinals. Heyman suggested that Peralta likely asked other teams for more money, while agreeing to take less from St. Louis:
word is Peralta wanted to play in st. louis. explainis why he took about $52M/4 yrs from them while asking $75M/5 of others
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 24, 2013
If the above is accurate, I don’t think you can fault the Mets (or any other interested team) for balking at that asking price.
Peralta got his four year deal at “slightly more” than $52 million dollars from St. Louis. Logically, that would mean that the Mets (or another team) would’ve had to tack on a fifth guaranteed year or millions more annually in order to land Peralta.
If that’s the case, I’m glad the Mets didn’t bite.
UPDATE, 12:31 PM:
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Peralta’s deal with St. Louis will be for four years and “a little more” than $52 million.
Terms of the potential deal are not yet known, but it was reported earlier this week that Peralta had a four year deal worth $52 million in hand.
Peralta, 31, had been the Mets’ top free agent shortstop target. If he does indeed sign with St. Louis, that would leave Stephen Drew as the only other solid free agent choice to play short.
If Peralta’s deal is indeed for four years and $52 million, I’ll be peeved that the Mets weren’t willing to match it.
The Mets reportedly thought they’d be able to sign Peralta to a two year deal, but found out quickly that that wasn’t the case. Four years for Peralta isn’t a slam dunk move, but at an average annual value of $13 million, it’s a deal the Mets should’ve been willing to match.
The market for Stephen Drew is unclear, and there’s been relatively no discussion about where he might end up. However, being that Peralta is likely to receive a deal that’s worth four years and $52 million, one would think that Drew will be looking for the same type of contract.
Simply put, the Mets need to upgrade the shortstop position. Going into 2014 with Ruben Tejada or Wilfredo Tovar would be ridiculous, and handing the job to someone like Rafael Furcal would be uninspired and risky.
If the Mets were uncomfortable going to four years for their top target in Peralta, it’s hard to believe they’ll go that high for Stephen Drew. So, turning to the trade market may be the way to go.
It’s been reported that Didi Gregorius of Arizona may be available, so the Mets may want to explore a potential deal for Gregorius and check in with other clubs to see who else may be available.