Cardinals Sign Jhonny Peralta
Compared to the Brian McCann signing, this one more directly impacts the Mets.
Supposedly, the Mets were considering Jhonny Peralta on a two-year deal. Well, he received four, along with $52M, from the St. Louis Cardinals. I’m not about to say that the Mets should have gone that high to get him. Further, I’m not sure it would’ve even been enough, as I’d guess the Mets would need to outbid significantly to convince Peralta to pass up a perennial postseason contender and the friendly fans and press of St. Louis to play for a rebuilding club under the hot lights of NYC. What I will say is this: much like Jayson Werth a few years back, it doesn’t matter what we or the Mets brass think Peralta is worth, or what is too expensive, or too many years, because Peralta got what he got. Too much? Maybe, but, thinking that way didn’t do anything to fill that gaping hole in Flushing between second and third base. Further, regardless of what is a fair price tag, Peralta will be playing in St. Louis next year. This is the market for a shortstop who plays average to below-average defense and has a bit of pop that may or may not be due to the use of PEDs.
So now Peralta is off the table, and a baseline has been set for free agent shortstops. What free agent shortstops are left? Let’s take a look:
If the Mets couldn’t afford Peralta, I don’t think they’ll shell out what’s necessary to land Drew. As much as I’ve always loved Clint Barmes, a) he’s not the answer; and b) I shudder to think what he’ll get on this insane market. Barmes is coming off the worst offensive season in his career — and that’s saying something, considering he’s never been much of a hitter (save for one season in which he blasted 23 homers in the thin air of Denver). Barmes posted a .211 AVG, .249 OBP, and atrocious .558 OPS last year.
Furcal has already been discussed, and I’m sure he’ll be discussed again. McDonald is a fine defender, but is 39 years old and hits worse than Barmes. We know what Cedeno can do, and that’s about the same as what is expected of Omar Quintanilla. Izturis is also a fine defender, but makes Barmes look like someone with pop. Casilla was a good fantasy player in deep leagues about four years ago; now, he’s Izturis. I have no idea who Munenori Kawasaki is, nor what he’s capable of doing, but his stats suggest he’s an old utilityman.
Perhaps I’m wrong, but it would appear that the Mets will only be able to upgrade at shortstop by making a trade. I’m not sure who is available, but the price for that man / those men just went up with Peralta off the market. Something tells me it will be a subject to discuss throughout the winter.
What’s your reaction to this signing? Where will the Mets go to find a shortstop? Answer in the comments.