The Cardinals yesterday announced the signing of free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta, a move made to fill a glaring hole in the Redbirds’ offense. Peralta is coming off a season in which he hit .303/.358/.457 with 11 HR and 55 RBI–his best production since 2011. Peralta looked comfortable at the plate, drove the ball to the opposite way, and had a knack for timely hits last season. However, his numbers in 2013 would have been more impressive had he not been suspended 50 games by MLB for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.
While many MLB fans are up in arms about rewarding an admitted steroid user with a hefty contract (plenty of merit to that grievance), I’m more upset at the contract itself; over the next four years, the 31-year-0ld Peralta will make $52M.
Much ado has been made by Cardinals fans about who the starting shortstop will be in 2014. I think it’s pretty safe to say that after Pete Kozma put up an uninspiring (and downright bad) line of .217/.275/.273, GM John Mozeliak will look elsewhere for 2014 services.