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Drafted:Signed by Cleveland in 1999.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
|Assets:||A good fastball hitter, he can drive the ball to the gaps regularly and over the fence too, leading to a lot of RBI. Is versatile with the glove. His power is above-average for a middle infielder.|
|Flaws:||Swings too freely, can get into strikeout slumps and doesn't hit for a high average. Can be erratic with the glove (he's better at shortstop than at third base). Lacks speed and some mobility.|
|Career Potential:||Solid veteran shortstop.|
|Named to the All-Star Game||2011 (replacement)|
|International League (AAA)||Most Valuable Player||2004|
|International League (AAA)||All-Star Team||2004|
|5/15/2015||Missed 1 game (left shoulder injury).|
|5/14/2015||Left shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|11/24/2013||Signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals to a four-year contract.|
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|9/26/2013||Missed 50 games (suspended by mlb).|
|8/05/2013||Suspended by the MLB for 50 games.|
|10/30/2012||Detroit Tigers exercised their contract option for the 2013 season.|
|6/12/2012||Missed 2 games (paternity leave list).|
|6/09/2012||Placed on the paternity leave list.|
|11/08/2010||Re-signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers to a two-year contract.|
|10/04/2010||Detroit Tigers declined their contract option for the 2011 season.|
|7/28/2010||Acquired from the Cleveland Indians.|
|7/18/2010||Missed 3 games (illness).|
|4/18/2009||Missed 1 game (elbow injury).|
|4/17/2009||Elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|3/10/2006||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a five-year contract.|
|2/16/2006||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|3/03/2005||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|9/19/2004||Recalled from Buffalo (AAA).|
|3/19/2004||Optioned to Buffalo (AAA).|
|2/23/2004||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|6/30/2003||Recalled from Buffalo (AAA).|
|6/24/2003||Optioned to Buffalo (AAA).|
|6/12/2003||Recalled from Buffalo (AAA).|
|3/17/2003||Optioned to Buffalo (AAA).|
|3/03/2003||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|11/20/2002||Contract purchased by the Cleveland Indians.|
|11/24/2013||Signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals.|
|7/28/2010||Cleveland Indians traded Jhonny Peralta to the Detroit Tigers for Giovanni Soto.|
|4/14/1999||Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cleveland Indians.|
| 10/04/2015 3:59 PM
NewsPeralta is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.
| 10/03/2015 4:26 PM
NewsPeralta is not in the lineup Saturday against the Braves.
| 10/02/2015 4:54 PM
NewsPeralta is not in the starting lineup Friday.
| 09/27/2015 11:41 AM
NewsPeralta is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.
| 09/26/2015 12:51 AM
NewsPeralta went 3-for-4 with a run scored in a 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Friday.
| 09/25/2015 1:52 AM
NewsPeralta went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer against the Brewers in Thursday's 6-3 victory.
| 09/13/2015 11:06 AM
NewsPeralta is out of the lineup for the second game in a row in Sunday's game against the Reds.
| 09/12/2015 1:38 PM
NewsPeralta is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.
| 09/09/2015 10:44 AM
NewsPeralta is back in the lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs.
| 08/30/2015 4:08 PM
NewsPeralta is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
| 08/22/2015 3:24 AM
NewsPeralta went 3-for-4 in a 9-3 loss to the Padres on Saturday.
| 08/16/2015 1:20 PM
NewsPeralta is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.
| 07/26/2015 12:10 PM
NewsPeralta is out of the lineup Sunday against the Braves.
| 07/19/2015 2:05 AM
NewsPeralta went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs Saturday against the Mets.
| 07/13/2015 12:45 AM
NewsPeralta went 3-for-4 with a home run in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is hitting .400 in his career versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel. | 06/28/2015 2:22 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is hitting .400 in his career versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
ImpactPeralta is 8-for-20 with two home runs, a double and eight RBI. Peralta is leading all shortstops with a .300 average and 11 home runs, so he should be in the lineup anyway, but definitely in this matchup.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta was scratched from Thursday's lineup. | 06/25/2015 5:02 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta was scratched from Thursday's lineup.
ImpactNo word as to why just yet. Stay tuned. Pete Kozma will start at short.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta had three RBI in the, 12-4, victory over the Phillies on Friday. | 06/19/2015 11:01 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta had three RBI in the, 12-4, victory over the Phillies on Friday.
ImpactPeralta had a two-run double in the fourth and then drove in another run on a sacrifice fly the next inning. He is hitting .206 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 248 at-bats this season.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the, 3-1, victory over the Dodgers on Sunday. | 05/31/2015 4:51 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the, 3-1, victory over the Dodgers on Sunday.
ImpactPeralta gave St. Louis the early lead with his two-run bomb in the first inning. He is hitting .310 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 187 at-bats this season.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta was the hero Monday against Arizona. | 05/25/2015 7:53 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta was the hero Monday against Arizona.
ImpactPeralta hit a walk-off homer in the 10th to lift St. Louis 3-2. It was his second hit in four at-bats, and Peralta is now hitting .304 with seven homers and 23 RBI overall.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta doesn't have a hit in 13 at-bats against Tigers lefty David Price. | 05/16/2015 12:01 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta doesn't have a hit in 13 at-bats against Tigers lefty David Price.
ImpactPeralta does have an RBI, but if owners have a better option, sit Peralta.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta picked up two RBIs Monday against the Brewers. | 04/13/2015 7:28 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta picked up two RBIs Monday against the Brewers.
ImpactHe went 2-for-4 with a walk as well. Peralta has a solid .360/.407/.600 line through six games this season.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has the most expereince against Dodgers' starter Zack Greinke, out of all players on St. Louis. | 10/04/2014 9:59 AM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has the most expereince against Dodgers' starter Zack Greinke, out of all players on St. Louis.
ImpactA.J. Pierzynski does have more at-bats, but he is not on the NLDS roster. Peralta is 11-for-48 (.229 BA) lifetime against Greinke with only two RBI and seven strikeouts. He will look to improve upon those numbers on Saurday night.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career 8-for-22 with a double and home run against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse. | 09/18/2014 3:05 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career 8-for-22 with a double and home run against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
ImpactPeralta went 1-for-3 in the victory over the Brewers on Wednesday and hit a home run last weekend for his 21st of the season. The shortstop has followed up last year's PED suspension embarrassment with a respectable .262/.337/.451 with 70 RBI and 58 runs to go with his 21 homers.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs as St. Louis defeated Milwaukee, 9-1. | 09/07/2014 7:14 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs as St. Louis defeated Milwaukee, 9-1.
ImpactPeralta hit the homer off Brewer reliever Alfredo Figaro in the ninth inning for his third hit. The home run was Peralta's 20th of the season, which means it is the fifth time in Peralta's career that he reached the 20-homer plateau. He also has 65 RBI and .268/.342/.459 stat line.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .400 with two home runs against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez. | 09/03/2014 9:44 AM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .400 with two home runs against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
ImpactPeralta has been hot over the past month, batting .333 with four homers and 18 RBI through 29 August games. For the season, the shortstop has a .269 average, 18 home runs, 62 RBI and 53 runs and a favorable matchup.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday against the Cubs. | 08/31/2014 7:12 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday against the Cubs.
ImpactPeralta has hits in eight of his last nine games, and in the lone game he doesn't, he had a pinch-hit walk. Over that stretch, Peralta is hitting .400 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. For the season, the shortstop has a .272 average, 18 home runs, 63 RBI and 52 runs.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has batted .325 with seven doubles, four homers, 15 RBI and 12 runs in August. | 08/24/2014 4:58 PM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has batted .325 with seven doubles, four homers, 15 RBI and 12 runs in August.
ImpactPeralta's 18 homers this season are his most since he had 21 in 2011 and his 33 doubles are his most since he had 35 in 2009.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to lift St. Louis over Cincinnati, 6-5, on Monday. Peralta went 3-for-5 with a double. | 08/19/2014 9:22 AM
NewsCardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to lift St. Louis over Cincinnati, 6-5, on Monday. Peralta went 3-for-5 with a double.
ImpactThe shortstop has three multi-hit games in the last four days. During that stretch, he also has four RBI, three doubles, two runs and a walk.
St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .433 hitter (13-for-30) against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza. | 08/03/2014 10:07 AM
NewsSt. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .433 hitter (13-for-30) against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.
ImpactPeralta has hit 15 home runs in 373 at-bats, up from 11 in 409 last year, and he also he 26 doubles, but he's batting just .252. We like this matchup.
Jhonny Peralta belts 12th homer Thursday | 07/03/2014 7:13 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta singled and launched a two-run homer in Thursday's win over the Giants.
ImpactGiants left fielder Tyler Colvin lost Peralta's first-inning drive in the sun, but it didn't end up mattering because it wound up in the seats. While he's hitting just .241, Peralta has made his base knocks count, leading the Cardinals both in homers (12) and doubles (23).
Peralta drives in a pair as Cards clip Phils | 06/22/2014 8:14 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the Phillies on Sunday.
ImpactPeralta came up with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and delivered a two-run single, giving him 30 RBI on the year. Aside from hitting for power -- the 32-year-old has 10 home runs and 19 doubles on the year -- Peralta has struggled offensively through much of the first half. The shortstop is hitting .240/.317/.427 through 74 games.
Jhonny Peralta getting a breather Wednesday | 06/18/2014 11:25 AM
NewsJhonny Peralta is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.
FOX Sports Midwest on Twitter
ImpactIt's just a day of rest for the veteran shortstop. Daniel Descalso is filling in for Peralta at shortstop Wednesday.
Jhonny Peralta bangs 10th homer Sunday | 06/08/2014 4:26 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta doubled and socked a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.
ImpactPeralta hit a long bomb to left field in the third and nearly had his second longball in as many at-bats when he doubled off the wall in the fifth. It's been a streaky season for the shortstop, but his 10 home runs give him four more than any other Cardinals player.
Jhonny Peralta's skid at the plate continues | 06/02/2014 11:00 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 0-for-3 at the plate in Monday's loss to the Royals.
ImpactHe also committed his sixth error of the season (though the error probably should have been charged to Allen Craig). It's been a season of streaks for Peralta, as he hit .151/.244/.356 in his first 21 games and .344/.422/.600 in his next 24 before falling into his current 4-for-38 funk. It's all added up to a .229 average, but the good news is that it's come along with nine homers.
Peralta hits 9th home run in win over D'backs | 05/20/2014 10:49 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
ImpactPeralta came through with an RBI double in the fourth inning, and he hit a solo homer off Bronson Arroyo in the sixth to cap the scoring in the game. It's been a strange year for the 31-year-old, as he's now got nine home runs and just 20 RBI in 43 games. He's well on his way to his best power output since 2011.
Peralta scores on walk-off HBP to down Cubs | 05/14/2014 1:27 AM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 3-for-5 and scored the game-winning run as the Cardinals pulled out a 4-3 win in 12 innings over the Cubs on Tuesday.
ImpactPeralta led off the bottom of the 12th inning with his third single of the game, eventually ending up at third base with the bases loaded and one out. Cubs reliever Justin Grimm proceeded to hit pinch-hitter Greg Garcia with a pitch, bringing Peralta home and giving the Cardinals a walk-off victory. Earlier in the game, Peralta delivered his 17th RBI, and his three-hit night raised his season line to .250/.340/.479.
Jhonny Peralta leaves the yard in loss Friday | 05/09/2014 10:35 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta blasted his eighth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday.
ImpactThe veteran shortstop has certainly brought his power stroke with him to St. Louis, where he's hitting .240/.317/.496 with eight homers and 16 RBI in the early going.
Jhonny Peralta launches seventh homer | 05/02/2014 5:44 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta had an RBI double and also belted a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Cubs.
ImpactPeralta's longball in the eighth inning cut the Cubs' lead to one before the Cards eventually fell. It's been an interesting first month of the season for the shortstop, as he's batting only .208 but has provided plenty of pop with seven homers and 15 RBI.
Peralta homers twice, drives in four in win | 04/27/2014 6:42 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-2 with two home runs and four RBI in the Cardinals' 7-0 win over the Pirates on Sunday.
ImpactPeralta has been feast or famine for much of the season, as he's now got six home runs while batting just .195. The shortstop hit one into the upper deck in left field in the sixth inning before pulling a three-run shot into the Pirates' bullpen in the seventh. Both homers came off Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Peralta finally snaps hitless streak | 04/26/2014 12:33 AM
NewsJohnny Peralta went 2-for-4 with a double Friday against the Pirates.
ImpactPeralta's fourth-inning double snapped an 0-for-22 hitless streak. After signing a four-year, $53 million deal with St. Louis during the offseason, the veteran shortstop is hitting just .169/.256/.377 through 22 games. On the bright side, he has at least hit for home runs.
Jhonny Peralta goes hitless yet again | 04/23/2014 11:50 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went hitless in a sixth straight game on Wednesday, dropping his average to .151.
ImpactIt was especially costly tonight, as Peralta came to the plate with six men on base in all. He's gone eight straight games without driving in a run. It's probably just a short-term thing, but it's getting ugly.
Peralta doubles, homers in win over Brewers | 04/15/2014 11:05 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
ImpactPeralta came through with a second inning double that eventually led to the Cardinals' first run, and he added some insurance with a two-run bomb off Jim Henderson in the ninth. It's been a slow start to the season for the veteran, but he's now turned in three straight multi-hit games, including two in a row with home runs. The shortstop has four homers and eight RBI on the year.
Jhonny Peralta not in Cards lineup Saturday | 04/12/2014 11:34 AM
NewsJhonny Peralta is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.
MLB Lineups on Twitter
ImpactThe 31-year-old is scuffling at the dish in the early part of the season, slashing .063/.189/.250 with two homers and four RBI in his first 32 at-bats. Daniel Descalso will start in his place and hit eighth for the Cardinals against Carlos Villanueva and the Cubs.
Jhonny Peralta hits first Cardinals homer | 04/03/2014 8:14 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta belted his first Cardinals home run -- a two-run shot -- in Thursday's victory over the Reds.
ImpactThe Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but Peralta cut the lead to one the next inning with a longball that just snuck over the fence and inside the foul pole in left field. It's his lone hit in his first 11 at-bats in a Redbirds uniform. Peralta batted seventh Thursday and it appears that's where he'll be regularly versus right-handers. He'll move up to the No. 2 spot against southpaws.
Jhonny Peralta hits third home run | 03/23/2014 4:12 PM
NewsBatting seventh today, Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-3 and hit his third homer against the Astros.
ImpactPeralta opened the spring batting second, but he hit sixth in his previous two starts. Today, he was one spot lower, batting behind Matt Adams. This one seems like the Cardinals' best arrangement to us; Kolten Wong has shined this spring and looks like nice option in the two hole. Adams should also probably hit ahead of Peralta, if only against righties.
Jhonny Peralta goes 2-for-3 for Cardinals | 03/20/2014 3:57 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-3 with a double as the Cardinals' No. 6 hitter against the Marlins on Thursday.
ImpactPeralta has been hitting sixth more often than second lately. If it sticks, it'd be bad news for his fantasy value. Really, though, it's one of those things that could be in flux all season.
Peralta homers twice in Cardinals loss | 03/03/2014 4:56 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-2 with two solo home runs Monday against the Tigers.
ImpactBoth homers, his first hits of the spring, were off of Tigers starter Drew Smyly. It's a good start for Peralta with his new team, as the shortstop signed a four-year, $53 million deal back in November.
Cards GM defends Jhonny Peralta signing | 11/25/2013 6:16 PM
NewsGeneral manager John Mozeliak on Monday defended his decision to sign Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $53 million contract.
Impact"Character and makeup are something we weigh into our decision-making," Mozeliak said. "In his case, he admitted what he did, he took responsibility for it. ... I feel like he has paid for his mistakes, and obviously if he were to make another one, then it would be a huge disappointment." Peralta, 31, was suspended for 50 games this past season following MLB's Biogenesis investigation. Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler, a union player representative, tweeted that "it pays to cheat" and wrote that owners were "encouraging PED use." David Aardsma tweeted: "I had 2 major surgeries in 5 months and made it back clean, nothing pisses me off more than guys that cheat and get raises for doing so."
Cardinals sign Peralta to four-year contract | 11/24/2013 7:38 PM
NewsCardinals signed SS Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $53 million contract.
ImpactIn the team's press release announcing the signing, Peralta indicated that he "took full responsibility" for his PED violation. He'll be a nice offensive improvement over Pete Kozma, though his range at shortstop may end up infuriating the Cardinals pitching staff.
Peralta near four-year, $52M deal with Cards | 11/24/2013 12:01 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Jhonny Peralta's contract with the Cardinals will be for four years and a little more than $52 million.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactIt turns out that the figure Peter Gammons floated last week was dead on. It's a big chunk of change to pay for a good-but-not-great shortstop, but the Cards obviously decided overpaying for Peralta was better than giving up blue chip prospects in a trade. Opinions vary on Peralta's defense, but there's no doubt that he'll be a huge offensive upgrade over Pete Kozma.
Peralta expected to get 4-year deal from STL | 11/23/2013 11:19 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported Jhonny Peralta is expected to get a four-year deal from the Cardinals.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThe dollar value will be interesting, as a report earlier in the offseason said a four-year contract could run in the area of $52 million but Morosi's co-worker Jon Heyman said $52 million may not even get a team in the conversation. The Tigers didn't extend Peralta a qualifying offer, so the Cardinals or any other team won't lose a first-round pick by signing the 31-year-old. The Cardinals are in position to pay Peralta after shedding some salary in the David Freese deal.
Peralta's price tag may exceed $52 million | 11/23/2013 8:33 PM
NewsOne team that offered Jhonny Peralta a four-year, $52 million deal was told they weren't even "in the game," according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactThe Cardinals are said to be deep in negotiations for the 31-year-old, suggesting they're at least comfortable with the previously reported asking price. How much higher the cost -- and interested teams -- might go is still unknown. Peralta is one of the top free agent shortstops in a market that's not saturated with great options, so he'll likely get what he's asking for, whatever that may be.
Peralta closing in on deal with Cardinals | 11/23/2013 7:08 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta is closing in on a deal with the Cardinals, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
ImpactShortstop has been at the top of the Cardinals' list of priorities and Peralta would allow them to fill the position without giving up some of their young pitching in a trade. It was reported previously that Peralta had multiple deals on the table for four years and $52 million, and the Cardinals were reported as one of the teams interested. The 31-year-old hit .303/.358/.457 in 2013 while appearing in his second All-Star game.
Cardinals may be interested in Peralta | 11/22/2013 8:58 PM
NewsJon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Cardinals may be interested in free agent Jhonny Peralta.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThe Cardinals are scouring the market for an upgrade at shortstop, and if they believe the 31-year-old can still hack it defensively, his bat would be a welcomed addition to the offense. Peralta is believed to already have multiple four-year, $52 million offers, with the Yankees, Mets and Orioles expressing interest.
Jhonny Peralta has multiple four-year offers | 11/22/2013 8:20 PM
NewsAccording to Peter Gammons, free agent Jhonny Peralta currently has received multiple four-year, $52 million offers.
Peter Gammons on Twitter
ImpactPeralta was said to be seeking a three-year, $45 million deal this offseason, and it appears that his market is heating up quickly. The Yankees and Mets have been looking at Peralta as an option in the infield while the Orioles are reportedly considering him in left field.
Jhonny Peralta seeking as much as $75M | 11/22/2013 5:55 PM
NewsJoel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Jhonny Peralta has been asking for deals in the four-year, $56 million and five-year, $75 million range.
Joel Sherman on Twitter
ImpactESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier this month that Peralta was looking for a three-year, $45 million deal, so it appears he's seeking something in the $14-15 million per year range. They're pretty silly asking prices that are sure to drop. The Yankees, Mets and Orioles are three teams said to be in on Peralta, but they'll likely wait it out until he gets more reasonable.
Orioles like Jhonny Peralta as left fielder | 11/22/2013 12:55 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are interested in Jhonny Peralta as a left fielder.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactMost teams -- like the Yankees -- figure to be in on Peralta as an infielder, but the Orioles evidently saw enough of him in his limited time in left field in 2013 that they'd be comfortable using him there. He could also eventually move in third base when the Orioles ultimately shift Manny Machado to shortstop. Peralta is reportedly seeking at least a three-year, $45 million contract.
Mets could be priced out on Jhonny Peralta | 11/21/2013 9:49 AM
NewsAndy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets could be priced out on free agent infielder Jhonny Peralta.
New York Daily News
ImpactMartino cites league sources who are skeptical that the Mets will be willing to spend enough to land Peralta, Curtis Grandson or Nelson Cruz, all of whom they've expressed interest in. Peralta is said to be seeking at least a three-year, $45 million contract.
Peralta wants at least three years | 11/20/2013 3:50 PM
NewsMike Puma of the New York Post reports that Jhonny Peralta wants at least a three-year contract.
Mike Puma on Twitter
ImpactThis backs up a recent report from ESPN's Buster Olney, who wrote that Peralta's representatives were looking for a contract above three years and $45 million. The Mets have expressed interest in the 31-year-old, but they were hoping to land him with a two-year deal.
Report: Yankees interested in Jhonny Peralta | 11/18/2013 3:16 PM
NewsAccording to Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yankees have interest in Jhonny Peralta.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThe Yanks re-signed Brendan Ryan on Monday and still have Derek Jeter in the fold, but Peralta could be viewed as a third baseman or corner outfielder. He batted .303/.358/.457 for the Tigers in 2013 before getting hit with a 50-game PED suspension. The 31-year-old is said to be looking for a contract north of three years, $45 million.
Peralta reportedly seeking 'big-time money' | 11/13/2013 8:39 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta's representatives are said to be looking for a contract above three years and $45 million, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactThe free agent market for shortstops isn't terribly deep or strong, so Peralta may get his wish. He had a strong year before being suspended for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic and isn't connected to a qualifying offer, making him one of the more attractive free agent options. The Mets have already been linked to the 31-year-old and more teams are likely to enter the discussion.
Mets 'clandestinely' meet with Jhonny Peralta | 11/13/2013 6:32 PM
NewsThe Mets had a secret meeting with free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta during the winter meetings, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
ImpactThe Mets need help all over the diamond, so while it's a bit of a surprise it's not a complete shock that they would have interest in the 31-year-old. Peralta hit .303/.358/.457 in 2013 before missing 50 games due to a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. The Mets are also monitoring other shortstops aside from Peralta -- the team leaned on the likes of Ruben Tejada, Justin Turner and Omar Quintanilla at the position last year.
Tigers not interested in Peralta returning | 11/03/2013 5:49 PM
NewsTigers general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated Sunday that they don't plan on pursuing Jhonny Peralta this offseason.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactPeralta has already publicly stated his desire to return to the Tigers, even if it means playing left field full-time, but it doesn't look like a reunion will be in the works. Despite missing 50 games due to his PED suspension, the 31-year-old infielder still had a solid season, slashing .303/.358/.457 with 11 homers and 55 RBI in 107 games. He should be able to land a starting gig as a shortstop or third baseman someplace else.
Peralta willing to return as OF with Tigers | 10/20/2013 3:20 PM
NewsImpending free agent Jhonny Peralta said that he wants to return to the Tigers even if it would mean playing left field.
Detroit Free Press
Impact"There's a chance for sure, yeah, because I like the organization here," Peralta said. "Do I want to be here? Yeah, I want to be here." While it's an interesting thought, Peralta's not a good bet to return, as Jose Iglesias is slated for everyday shortstop duty and Nick Castellanos should be ready for left field. Peralta figures to land elsewhere as a shortstop or third baseman.
Peralta to start at shortstop in ALCS Game 3 | 10/14/2013 4:33 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta will start at shortstop in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Tim Britton on Twitter
ImpactPeralta started in left field in Game 1, but this will be his second straight start at shortstop. Andy Dirks will start in left field for Game 3.
Jhonny Peralta starting at SS in Game 2 | 10/13/2013 3:46 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta is starting at shortstop in Sunday's Game 2 of the ALCS.
Tom Gage on Twitter
ImpactHe drove in the Tigers' only run in their Game 1 victory and will now move in to play the infield in the second game. Peralta has eight hits -- including a home run -- and six RBI in 16 at-bats this postseason. Don Kelly is getting the start in left field, while Jose Iglesias is on the bench.
Peralta drives in lone run, Tigers take Gm. 1 | 10/13/2013 12:18 AM
NewsJhonny Peralta drove in the Tigers' only run Saturday in their ALCS Game 1 victory over the Red Sox.
ImpactPeralta's RBI single in the top of the sixth inning scored Miguel Cabrera from third base and broke a 0-0 gridlock. Peralta also doubled in the fifth and hit a ground-rule double in the eighth, finishing the night 3-for-4. He has looked refreshed since returning from his 50-game PED suspension.
Peralta in LF, Iglesias at SS in ALCS Game 1 | 10/12/2013 4:26 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta will start in left field in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday against the Red Sox.
Danny Knobler on Twitter
ImpactThe Tigers beat the Athletics in Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday with Peralta at shortstop and Don Kelly in left field, but they'll upgrade their infield defense behind Anibal Sanchez by starting Jose Iglesias at short on Saturday. The Red Sox will counter with Jon Lester. Peralta is 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer and five RBI in the playoffs.
Jhonny Peralta starting at SS in Game 5 | 10/10/2013 4:28 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta will start at shortstop in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Athletics on Thursday.
Chris Iott on Twitter
Jhonny Peralta homers as Tigers extend series | 10/08/2013 8:58 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the fifth inning of Tuesday's win over the Athletics.
ImpactWith the Tigers' offense struggling, things were looking bleak after the A's got out to a 3-0 lead. Peralta ignited things with the two-out blast in the fifth and Detroit wound up plating eight on the night in the two-run victory. It was Peralta's first longball since August 3, which was two days before he began serving his PED suspension. Victor Martinez also had a big day for the Tigers, going 3-for-4 with a dinger of his own.
Peralta in LF again for Game 4 vs. Athletics | 10/08/2013 12:30 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta will start in left field again in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Athletics.
MLB Lineups on Twitter
ImpactPeralta started in left field Monday for the first time in the series and went 1-for-4 with a two-run single. The full Tigers' lineup: Austin Jackson CF, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Peralta LF, Alex Avila C, Omar Infante 2B, Jose Iglesias SS. Doug Fister will be on the mound as the Tigers attempt to keep their season alive.
Peralta starting in LF in Game 3 vs. Oakland | 10/07/2013 12:02 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta is starting in left field in Game 3 of the ALDS Monday between the Tigers and A's.
ImpactAndy Dirks and Don Kelly have handled left field in the first two games of the series, but Leyland wants a little more potential for offense in Game 3. Peralta has only played three games in the outfield in his career. The full Detroit lineup: Austin Jackson CF, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Jhonny Peralta LF, Alex Avila C, Omar Infante 2B, Jose Iglesias SS.
Jhonny Peralta to start in left field Monday | 10/06/2013 5:01 PM
NewsTigers manager Jim Leyland indicated Sunday that Jhonny Peralta would start in left field against the Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday afternoon.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactLeyland decided to roll with Andy Dirks in that spot in the first game of the series, and Don Kelly on Saturday. Peralta has only played three games in the outfield for his career, and remains a defensive liability at the position, but the Tigers desperately need his offense in the lineup.
Jhonny Peralta not in Tigers Game 1 lineup | 10/04/2013 6:45 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Athletics on Friday.
Detroit Tigers on Twitter
ImpactWhile Peralta will see time in left field during the postseason, he isn't expected to start on a nightly basis. The Tigers will roll with a lineup of Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez, Alex Avila, Omar Infante, Andy Dirks and Jose Iglesias against Bartolo Colon in Game 1.
Jhonny Peralta on Tigers' roster for ALDS | 10/03/2013 5:02 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta is on the Tigers' roster for the ALDS against the Athletics.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactHernan Perez is also on the roster while Matt Tuiasosopo has been left off. Peralta figures to see playing time in left field during the series, though Andy Dirks will make the start in Game 1.
Peralta has RBI double in return to lineup | 09/27/2013 10:28 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta returned to the Tigers lineup, going 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Marlins.
ImpactFresh off serving his 50-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Peralta showed little rust on his bat, smashing an RBI double to center off Marlins starter Tom Koehler in the sixth inning. His defensive work in left field was certainly shaky, but it appears as if he'll be a part of the Tigers plans in the postseason.
Jhonny Peralta starting in left field Friday | 09/27/2013 4:36 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta will start in left field for the first time in his career Friday against the Marlins.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactPeralta will rejoin the team Friday now that his 50-game suspension is over. However, since the club acquired Jose Iglesias to play shortstop, he's going to play left field. The Tigers plan to give him some work there in all three games this weekend, so he makes for a savvy last-minute pickup in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Jhonny Peralta reinstated from suspension | 09/27/2013 8:38 AM
NewsTigers activated SS Jhonny Peralta from the restricted list.
ImpactPeralta's 50-game PED suspension is up, and the Tigers will use him over the final weekend and presumably on their NLDS roster. He's been working out in left field and is expected to see time there, though he could also play some shortstop with Jose Iglesias (finger) injured.
Jhonny Peralta to be reinstated on Friday | 09/25/2013 6:14 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta will be reinstated from the suspended list on Friday.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactPeralta's 50-game PED suspension is up, and, unlike what the Giants did last year when they chose not to add Melky Cabrera to the roster, Peralta will be back in there. He's been working out in left field and the Tigers are confident he can play there, though he could also see some time at shortstop if Jose Iglesias' finger injury lingers.
Peralta eligible to join Tigers this weekend | 09/25/2013 9:27 AM
NewsJhonny Peralta will be eligible to rejoin the Tigers on Friday.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactPeralta's 50-game Biogenesis suspension concludes on Wednesday and he's set to rejoin the Tigers following Thursday's scheduled off day. He's expected to play left field upon his return, though things could change if Jose Iglesias' finger injury continues to be an issue.
Jhonny Peralta to play LF in instruct. league | 09/16/2013 3:50 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta will play left field in instructional league games starting Wednesday.
Lynn Henning on Twitter
ImpactThe Tigers are committed to the defensive whiz Jose Iglesias as their starting shortstop, so they want Peralta to build a little last-minute versatility before he returns from his 50-game PED suspension. Peralta has never played the outfield in professional baseball. He'll probably be a bench bat in the postseason.
Jhonny Peralta continues to take fly balls | 09/14/2013 10:04 AM
NewsJhonny Peralta continued to take fly balls in left field on Friday, indicating that he could be used there once returning from his 50-game suspension.
ImpactTigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has yet to decide whether Peralta will be added to the roster once his suspension is served, but it's looking increasingly likely. The Tigers have already stated that even if he does return, that Jose Iglesias will remain the regular shortstop, so Peralta could be used in a utility role, including seeing time in left field against left-handed starters.
Jhonny Peralta to work out with Tigers | 09/10/2013 6:34 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta will resume working out with the Tigers on Wednesday.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactGeneral manager Dave Dombrowski said that no decision has been made as to whether Peralta will be added to the roster once his suspension is served, but this would seem to be an indication that the odds are good. With Jose Iglesias settling in at shortstop, Peralta would be used in a utility role. The shortstop will be eligible to return for the final three games of the regular season, as well as the playoffs.
Tigers haven't made decision on Peralta | 08/30/2013 5:26 PM
NewsTigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday that the club hasn't made a decision whether to welcome Jhonny Peralta back for the postseason.
ImpactPeralta was suspended 50 games in August for his involvement with Biogenesis, but he is eligible to return for the final three games of the regular season and the postseason. Still, the Tigers haven't given any indication that he'll be welcomed back. "We have not made any decisions on Jhonny's situation to date," said Dombrowski. The 31-year-old is due to a become a free agent this winter.
Jhonny Peralta takes 50-game ban for PEDs | 08/05/2013 12:37 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta has accepted a 50-game PED suspension.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactThat's the word from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Peralta, who was found to have purchased performance-enhancing drugs from the Biogenesis clinic, will miss the remainder of the 2013 season. He batted .305/.361/.461 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 104 games this summer. The 31-year-old shortstop will be a free agent this winter.
Peralta smacks grand slam in Sunday's victory | 07/28/2013 4:54 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta smacked a grand slam in Sunday's 12-4 win against the Phillies.
ImpactHe finished 2-for-5. The 31-year-old is now batting .305 and is on pace for 16 homer and 83 RBI. Peralta's unfortunate connection to the Biogenesis clinic isn't likely to affect fantasy owners this season, as we would expect him to appeal a potential suspension while the Tigers fight for a playoff spot.
Peralta homers in Tigers' 6-2 win over Sox | 07/24/2013 12:51 AM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Tigers' 6-2 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
ImpactPeralta singled in a run in the fourth inning before adding a solo blast in the sixth off White Sox starter Hector Santiago. The shortstop now has nine home runs and 48 RBI to go with a .303 batting average. His possible connection to the Biogenesis clinic is worrisome for owners of the 31-year-old, but it's hard to see him not appealing any potential suspension while the Tigers are in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Peralta goes 2-for-3 with walk, homer, 2 RBI | 07/14/2013 4:12 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-3 with a walk, homer and two RBI against the Rangers on Sunday.
ImpactPeralta and Victor Martinez hit back-to-back solo homers off Martin Perez in the fourth inning, affording Detroit a 3-0 lead. The All-Star shortstop enjoyed a great first half at the dish, hitting .303/.361/.447 with eight homers and 46 RBI.
Jhonny Peralta plates two in Tigers victory | 07/12/2013 10:08 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-4 with a two-run double, helping to lead the Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday.
ImpactPeralta's two-run double was part of a five-run uprising in the first inning against Rangers' starter Justin Grimm. The All-Star shortstop is having a nice season at the dish, hitting .300/.358/.438 with seven homers and 44 RBI.
Jhonny Peralta hits walkoff home run | 06/20/2013 10:41 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta hit a walkoff homer off Andrew Bailey to give the Tigers a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Thursday.
ImpactBailey didn't even get an out in a 3-2 game in the ninth; he walked Victor Martinez on five pitches and then gave up the bomb to Peralta after getting ahead 0-2. Peralta's homer was his first since June 1, but he had collected eight doubles since that date. His current .329 average is 90 points ahead of where he finished last year.
Peralta bashes third homer in loss to Indians | 05/11/2013 10:47 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta hit his third home run of the season in a losing effort against the Indians on Saturday.
ImpactPeralta finished the night 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. The shortstop is now batting .325/.379/.460 with three homers and 17 RBI, and appears poised to bounce back nicely from his down 2012.
Jhonny Peralta hits second spring homer | 03/23/2013 5:26 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta went 2-for-4 with a homer in the Tigers' 10-6 win over the Yankees on Saturday.
ImpactWe're not expecting all that much of a rebound from Peralta after last year's disappointing campaign, but he should be good for a few more RBI with Delmon Young out of the way this year. Then again, he has just three RBI in 48 at-bats this spring, two of those coming on his homers.
Peralta (food allergy) back in lineup Tuesday | 03/12/2013 10:40 AM
NewsJhonny Peralta (food allergy) is back in Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup.
ImpactPeralta was scratched from Monday's lineup because he had an allergic reaction to eating clam chowder. It was raining Lakeland, Florida on Tuesday morning, but the expectation is that they should be able to get the game in.
Jhonny Peralta scratched with food allergy | 03/11/2013 12:40 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a reaction to food allergy.
Brian Britten on Twitter
ImpactHe'll be fine in a day or two. Matt Tuiasosopo replaced Peralta in the lineup.
Peralta down to 215 pounds this spring | 02/13/2013 2:58 PM
NewsJhonny Peralta said Wednesday that he's down to 215 pounds this spring.
ImpactPeralta weighed 227 pounds last spring, so he's down around 12 pounds. He's hoping to lose a few more before the start of the regular season. "I worked [out] in the Dominican Republic," said Peralta. "I have a strength trainer over there, and I'm working really hard this year to be how I've been [in the past]. I've lost about 20 pounds. I feel really good." Peralta was one of the players listed in the records of Anthony Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, but he has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.
Jhonny Peralta named in Biogenesis records | 02/06/2013 9:21 PM
NewsTom Verducci of SI.com reports that Jhonny Peralta is named in the records of Biogenesis wellness clinic director Tony Bosch.
ImpactPeralta has released a statement through his attorney, stating that he has "never used performance enhancing drugs. Period. Anybody who says otherwise is lying." He is the 12th player overall and the fifth client of Seth and Sam Levinson's ACES agency to be connected to the clinic records, joining Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Jesus Montero and Melky Cabrera. Peralta and Montero both do not appear to be directly tied to PEDs, though.
Jhonny Peralta loses 18 pounds | 02/01/2013 9:26 AM
NewsJhonny Peralta has lost 18 pounds so far this offseason in an effort to improve his range at shortstop.
Impact"It's good," Peralta said. "I've never been at this weight since I've been with Detroit. I finished last season at 236. I'm at 218 now. (Tigers general manager Dave) Dombrowski and everybody wanted me working on my range. That's why I tried to get lighter. So I can be quicker, especially up the middle." Peralta has made only 14 errors over the last two seasons, but his range has been among the worst in baseball at short, so losing some extra pounds probably won't hurt. Fantasy owners are more concerned about the career-low .689 OPS he had last season.
|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
|At Bats||7||Jul 19||6|
|Hits||3||9 times-last: vs. Mil||last: Sep 25||3|
|Home Runs||1||last: Sep 24||2|
|Total Bases||7||at LA||Jun 7||8|
|Extra-Base Hits||2||2 times-last: at LA||last: Jun 7||2|
|Runs Batted In||3||4 times-last: at Pit||last: Sep 30||4|
|Base on Balls||2||5 times-last: vs. Cin||last: Sep 22||3|
|Times on Base||4||3 times-last: at Pit||last: Jul 12||4|
|Stolen Bases||1||vs. Pit||May 1||1|
|Caught Stealing||1||4 times-last: at ChN||last: Sep 20||1|
|At Bats||605||2008 (Cle)|
|Triples||4||2 times-last: 2008 (Cle)|
|Home Runs||24||2005 (Cle)|
|Total Bases||286||2008 (Cle)|
|Extra-Base Hits||69||2008 (Cle)|
|Runs Batted In||89||2008 (Cle)|
|Base on Balls||61||2007 (Cle)|
|Times on Base||220||2007 (Cle)|
|Stolen Bases||4||2007 (Cle)|
|Caught Stealing||4||2007 (Cle)|
|Batting Average||.299||2011 (Det)|
|On Base Percentage||.366||2005 (Cle)|
|Slugging Percentage||.520||2005 (Cle)|
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