Saturday, November 23, 2013
Mets Rumors: SS Jhonny Peralta pricing himself out of Mets range
Free Agent Shortstop Johnny Peralta is looking for a four or five year deal worth $56 to $75 Million.
The Mets looked at Peralta as their main target to man shortstop, but the Mets were hoping they could get him on a two or three year deal.
The Mets and Yankees are interested, but not at that price. The Mets have already met with Peralta, as have the Mariners. It was reported that the Orioles have some interest in Peralta as a left fielder.
Peralta's representatives are indicating to teams that he already has four years and $52MM "in hand," three general managers told Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com (Twitter link).
A rival executive believes that St. Louis is in on Jhonny Peralta, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, and the Freese trade makes sense in that respect. That being said, Morosi says in another tweet that he has not heard whether St. Louis would go to four years for Peralta.
Peralta does have some leverage on their side, as he's the only notable free agent shortstop not tied to draft pick compensation and the third base market is even more bleak. He's coming off a solid .303/.358/.457 season but also served a 50-game suspension for involvement with the Biogenesis PED scandal.
The other two free agent candidates the Mets are interested in are Stephen Drew, who is a Scott Boris client and will demand a big salary and Rafael Furcal, who is coming off shoulder surgery and the way this off-season has started might be the man of choice..