With Kolten Wong coming off the disable list soon, the Cardinals will need to make a decision soon on what to do with Jhonny Peralta. According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Peralta won’t regain his old starting job at third – Jedd Gyorko has been the Cardinals’ biggest power threat since last season, after all – and isn’t particularly interested in taking reps at first, per Langosch. That lack of versatility could cost Peralta his place on the team, even though he’s making an expensive $10MM to complete a four-year contract, in favor of recently promoted prospect Paul DeJong. Thanks in part to health issues, the 35-year-old Peralta has markedly fallen off dating back to last season, having combined for a team-worst minus-0.9 fWAR and a .249/.297/.374 line in 370 trips to the plate. So what should be done with Jhonny Peralta? Trade? This is what we know, The veteran is in the final year of his four-year, $53 million deal with the Cardinals, and he has limited no-trade protection. He provided the Cardinals a list of 10 teams to which he’ll accept a trade. I am not sure what teams are on this list but I wonder if the Boston Redsox are? Well Nick Cafardo reports…….With Jhonny Peralta relegated to backup duty in St. Louis, Cafardo wonders if the Red Sox would considering acquiring Peralta to help their shaky third base situation. Given Peralta’s recent injury problems and his .251/.299/.387 slash line (in 341 PA) since the start of the 2016 season, of course, there’s no guarantee that Peralta is necessarily an upgrade. Peralta is also owed around $7.4MM for the remainder of the season, though Cafardo feels the Cardinals would cover “a great portion” of that salary. Cafardo notes that Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski knows Peralta well, having traded for Peralta in 2010 back when Dombrowski was the Tigers GM.
Source: MLB Trade Rumors