Could Shortstop Jhonny Peralta Fit Into The Mets Plan This Offseason?

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Ken Davidoff of the NY Post writes that Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta will head a new wave of available players that he refers to as “Biogenesis free agents.”

With regard to Peralta, Davidoff speculates that both the Yankees and Mets will be paying attention to him and if they aren’t, they should be.

What makes Peralta and his fellow Biogenesis free agent Nelson Cruz so intriguing is this: Biogenesis shut down before the 2013 season began, and both men recorded strong 2013 campaigns.

Peralta, 31, was the second most productive player in the Tigers lineup prior to his 50 game suspension for violating major league baseball’s joint drug agreement. He batted .303/.358/457 this season and his strong first half earned him a spot on the All Star team.

His 3.6 WAR still ranked second among Tigers position players – right behind Miguel Cabrera – and before serving out his suspension, he led all American League shortstops in WAR.

An average season for Peralta would like .290 with 35 doubles, 15 home runs, 80 runs, and 80 RBIs.

He’ll likely sign a one or two year deal and try to reestablish his value and could be a great fit for the Mets as their starting shortstop this season.

But will his price tag, estimated at $10-12 million annually, make him an unreachable star for Sandy Alderson and Company?

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