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Jhonny Peralta seeking a four or five-year deal in the $56-75 million range

Nov 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta is seeking $56-75 million on a four- or five-year deal, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The former Tiger has drawn interest from a handful of teams, including the Mets and Yankees, but he might have to settle for less to sign a deal.

Earlier, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweeted that the Orioles have some interest in Peralta as a left fielder. The Orioles could also trade shortstop J.J. Hardy to open up a spot for Peralta at his natural position.

Peralta just wrapped up a two-year, $11.25 million contract with the Tigers, so the average annual value jump from $5.6 million to $14-15 million is quite severe. Nevertheless, we have already seen some free agents get bigger contracts than expected — the Phillies gave 36-year-old outfielder Marlon Byrd a two-year, $16 million contract, and soon-to-be 35-year-old catcher Carlos Ruiz a three-year, $26 million deal. The Royals gave below-average starter Jason Vargas a four-year, $32 million deal. The Giants gave 36-year-old reliever Javier Lopez a three-year, $13 million deal. Given that, it’s difficult to view Peralta’s desired contract as outlandish.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Well as Linas Caldwell (Matt Damon) told both Brad Pitt and George Clooney at the end of Ocean’s Eleven “see ya when I see ya.

  2. Caught Looking - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    He’s easily worth $56 but no where close to 75 million.

  3. bobulated - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Sources say that upon hearing this news Bud Selig shook his head, muttered under his breath, “Is he…(unintelligible, possibly profane)…high?” and immediately dispatched a lawyer accompanied by a courier with a plastic cup to Peralta’s home.

  4. tigers182 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    He really wants $25 million a year for a 300 lb shortstop?! No thank you.

  5. paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Selig is paid over $20M/year….so, yeah, Peralta is easily worth what he’s asking, I guess.

  6. APBA Guy - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    The impact of the new television money is the tide that floats all boats. That must be what Peralta is counting on. That and a short memory by GM’s. Last year he was over .800 OPS, compared to a .750 career average OPS. But he’s only been above .800 3 times in 11 years. To me, that sounds like a 2 win player as a shortstop. But he’s transitioning to left.

  7. richwizl - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    He’ll take 3 yrs, $36 mil and smile all the way to the bank. Cano will take 8 yrs, $180 mil and drink a large glass of shut the phuk up, too.

  8. joerymi - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I am thinking he will get 3 @ 28-32. Adequate defensively, offense is pretty good but inconsistent.

    In Detroit: 122 OPS+, then 85 OPS +, then 119 OPS+. There were also pretty significant swings in numbers between his age 23-26 seasons. He has had a season as a 5 WAR player and seasons as a sub 1 WAR player.

    I would love a couple of his 2011 seasons, but you might get a few 2012 seasons. I wouldn’t mind him as a stop-gap at third for the Tigers as they groom Castellanos. But not for what he will probably be able to get elsewhere.

  9. boomerzdad - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    he needs the money to buy more PED’s.

  10. weaselpuppy - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Jhghonny is going to fare a LOT better than Melky apparently….

  11. genericcommenter - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Isn’t Machado their future SS?

  12. NYTolstoy - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Funny enough even if he gets Yeh max 75 per 5 year’s that’s 15 million a year. I’m sure teams can compromise and lower it to 12-13 a year. In this market with all the tv deals and 60 million teams are getting next year its not a bad price for a guy who can play SS 3rd and some LF aparently lol He would be worth the money to many teams.

  13. djpostl - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I needed a laugh, so thanks a bunch guys.

  14. djpostl - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    “Given that, it’s difficult to view Peralta’s desired contract as outlandish.”

    Are you smoking crack?

    You rattled off a bunch of deal in the 6-8M per year range and somehow came to the conclusion that a guy coming off a deal at 5.5M per year value was somehow now worth 14-15M per season x 4 or 5 years?

    I get that the new TV deals will inflate some prices but get real.

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