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The Yankees are interested in Jhonny Peralta

Nov 18, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

So far this offseason the Yankees have re-jiggered Derek Jeter‘s contract and signed Brendan Ryan. What’s one more shortstop among friends?


Of course Peralta could play third base as a hedge against an A-Rod suspension. And he can play shortstop in the case of a Jeter-is-hurt/Jeter-is-old/Ryan-can’t-hit combo. All of which are fairly likely.

If the Yankees are in on Peralta, you have to figure they’re in on Stephen Drew too, and would go for one or the other. Or maybe their whole offseason plan hinges on signing every single possible shortstop and letting God sort it out.

  1. rcj22001 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    The obvious message here is kids, do steroids, and some day you can be a millionaire too! Good work MLB

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    The difference in the Yankees being interested in Peralta versus Drew is that Peralta was NOT made a qualifying offer whereas Drew was. That’s probably a pretty big difference where the Yankees are concerned considering both Peralta and Drew are pretty similar players.

    But until this off season and free agents season sorts itself out the Yankees are probably going to associated with every conceivable player out there.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      A waiter just told me that a customer visiting from the US said that the Yankees were kicking the tires of Bard and Zito.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        That waiter was mistaken. What he really meant was the Red Sox punctured Bards tires and Zito sold the Giants a lemon.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        Darn! You just can’t trust any of those rumors that come from both reliable and unreliable sources.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Proudly, by the way don’t know if you saw this piece on CBS Rumors about Bard:

        November 17, 2013 12:51 pm
        Daniel Bard’s wildness follows him to winter ball
        by Al Melchior CBS Sports | Data Analyst
        Cubs reliever Daniel Bard has been bedeviled by control problems going back to the 2012 season, and his struggles have continued during his current stint in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Bard has appeared in three games, and in facing 13 batters, he has recorded only one out, walking nine batters while striking out none.
        In posting a 189.00 ERA, Bard has also hit three batters and thrown four wild pitches.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        I was aware of that, which is why I decided to post the rumor. My rumor has as much chance of being correct as 99% of the rumors out there.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        proudly, your rumors probably have a much chance then all of those other rumors

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        I do get upset when I see ridiculous stuff thrown around as if it was fact. Thus, on occasion, I want to contribute my own nonsense.

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        My sources told me that you skipped out on the bill and didn’t leave a tip.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        My sources tell me that you may or may not have had sex with that woman, Miss Lewinski.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      I personally don’t think the draft pick matters that much. If Cano, Granderson or Kuroda sign elsewhere, they will be in better shape than if they keep their top pick or two. It is not like the Yankees have a history of picking elite players out of the draft. They do sign free agents pretty well.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        You may be correct with the caveat. The Yankees haven’t picked this high in the draft in what over 20 years. Also, something tells me if the Yankees are going to surrender their draft pick it’s more likely to happen because the sign someone like McCann, Beltran, Choo or Jimenez NOT Drew and not to the Red Sox. That’s just my opinion.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        They don’t give their pick to the Sox: the Yankees would lose their pick, and the Red Sox would gain a bonus round pick. That said, if the Yankees sign Beltran and McCann, then Drew would only cost them their third round pick. Meanwhiile they would still have their own bonus round picks from losing Granderson, Kuroda or Cano. Honestly, I would rather see them hold firm on negotiations with Cano and patch it together with the likes of McCann and Beltran or Choo. Shorter deals, less money and possibly still landing Cano on a shorter/cheaper deal if they are not desperate.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Second caveat – now with the bonus pool, every extra pick means more money available. Surrendering first-round picks is tougher for the Yankees than it used to be.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Signing a big time free agent vs keeping a draft pick is even more slanted that the old one in the hand vs two in the bush. Maybe a prospect works out, maybe he doesn’t, but you pretty much know you will be getting elite production with a McCann/Beltran/Choo type. If the Yankees like Drew, the draft pick won’t be the thing that prevents them from signing him.

    • jfk69 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Cashman has no interest in Drew other than driving the price up in case the Bosox change their minds. Peralta is a possibility. With his recent PED history. He would fit right in at third base.

  3. sdelmonte - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Wonder if they want Ruben Tejada.

    • xdj511 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      I was thinking that. The Mets are certainly trying to find anybody else but him to play shortstop.

  4. hieronymous27 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    As a Tigers fan I wish they were interested in Prince Fielder.

  5. spacemaker101 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    As a tigers fan why would you want to get rid of Prince… Nobody would pitch to Cabrera EVER

  6. johnnysoda - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Great idea. Peralta is a capable shortstop, and considering I doubt Jeter will be much on defense in 2014, and Ryan isn’t more than a backup IMO, he’d be a great pickup. Drew would be fine but I always have a hard time stomaching a Red Sock becoming a Yankee.

  7. sidelineshot - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    I thought that Ben Cherrington just showed all these Yankee cry-babies how a roster is built.

  8. pastabelly - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Drew is a much better defensive shortstop than Peralta.

  9. jolink653 - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Probably his agent throwing that out there to scare other teams into driving up their offers…I really can’t see the Yankees going after another player who was caught using steroids after the mess they’ve had to deal with with A-Rod and his possible suspension looming

  10. mgflolox - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Maybe Peralta can DH for Ryan.

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