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Mets have meeting with shortstop Jhonny Peralta

Nov 13, 2013, 7:41 PM EST

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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the scoop:

The Mets clandestinely met with free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta, according to league sources.

No Mets person would admit there was a meeting with Peralta, but sources on other teams said he did meet with them.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by a Mets executive Wednesday night that Peralta just happened to be in the same town as this week’s GM meetings — Orlando, Florida — and that the Mets’ plan is to meet face-to-face with all of the players they’re interested in acquiring this offseason. That executive said “not to put big stock” in this one specific meeting.

The Mets aren’t satisfied with the production of current shortstop Ruben Tejada, who hit .202/.259/.260 with zero home runs and 10 RBI in 227 plate appearances this year. The 24-year-old could be moved to second base or relegated to a bench role if the Mets are able to make some infield upgrades this winter.

Peralta, 31, batted .303/.358/.457 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI across 448 plate appearances this summer for Detroit. He was hit with a 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension in early August.

  1. babyfarkmcgeezax - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    ROID RAGE

    • joestemme - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      Yeah, I guess the Mets need their own A-Roid….

  2. ptfu - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    A clandestine meeting but Peralta was spotted in town? Jhonny, did you really think they’d fall for “Abe Froman” again?

    • Minoring In Baseball - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      The ‘sausage king’ of Chicago…

      http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  3. chill1184 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Eh…?

  4. vincentbojackson - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Peralta just might be the missing piece to get the Mets over the hump to 75 wins next season.

  5. pastabelly - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    So, you go from being suspended for PED use to losing your starting job to a light hitting rookie to hitting the jackpot in free agency. He’s living right.

    I would hope that he’s not any team’s first choice over Stephen Drew, who is actually a very good defensive player at a position where defense is at a premium.

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