Boston Red Sox Rumor: Team Could Look At Newly Minted Free Agent Jhonny Peralta After Cardinals Released Him On Tuesday
The Boston Red Sox are in need of some help at third base, and there might be some on the free agent market if Dave Dombrowski is interested in a bargain bin player.
35-year-old Johnny Peralta was unconditionally released by the St.Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Peralta, in the final year of his contract, was batting .204 with no RBIs or extra-base hits in 54 at-bats this season.
Peralta is a career .267 hitter and hasn’t played a full Major League season since 2015 when he hit .275 for St.Louis and ended up being an All-Star and the year before that he came in 14th for MVP voting in the National League. Peralta is obviously on the way out of Major League Baseball, but ESPN’s Buster Olney poked the fire on this rumor theorizing Boston may have interest in Peralta based on their current situation.
You would assume the Red Sox will at least evaluate the possibility of adding Jhonny Peralta. 35 years old, .462 OPS this year.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 13, 2017
The current Red Sox third base situation is Pablo Sandoval as the “starter” with Deven Marrero being a defensive replacement and Josh Rutledge serving an platoon role. The current situation is not ideal and simply not good enough for Boston if they wish to make a World Series run this season. Barring any dramatic turnaround with Sandoval it is looking like a third base upgrade is necessary.
Peralta looks to be washed up, the Red Sox would have to hope he would have something left in the tank to give them and maybe the change of scenery or situation would help revive him as a player. Peralta or a free agent would be Dombrowski’s cheapest option for solving the third base issue, but in this case the cheapest route will not help Boston. They need to make a trade for a third basemen who is on an expiring contract and release Sandoval and his bloaty contract outright or trade him eating most of the money accepting he isn’t going to turn it around in Boston.