Cardinals Have eyes for Turner

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Well here is some good news. The Cardinals have at least some interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter link). It is not apparent from the report whether the club has spoken to Turner’s representatives.

Given that array of players, Morosi suggests that the Cards would likely need to find a taker for Peralta to facilitate an addition of Turner. The 34-year-old Peralta is coming off of a rough 2016 season, though he’s owed just $10MM entering the final season of his front-loaded free agent contract.

Turner, who just turned 32, would represent a nice upgrade for the Cardinals, though of course that’s also true of many other teams. Since reviving his career with the Dodgers, Turner owns a .296/.364/.492 batting line and has rated as a top-quality defender at the hot corner.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak could take the approach of signing Turner and then trading Peralta to one of the teams that had pursued Turner. But Peralta, who turns 35 in May, is coming off a disappointing 2016 in which he posted a .715 OPS in 82 games. His OPS, power numbers and games played have declined in each of the past three seasons.

Based on recent production, Turner would be an upgrade over Peralta, both offensively and defensively. Turner, who turned 32 last week, is coming off a career year in which he hit 27 home runs, collected 90 RBIs and amassed an .832 OPS in 151 games.

Jon Morosi

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