Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta is reportedly looking for a deal north of $56 million, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman. He is supposedly seeking a four to five year deal with an annual salary of roughly $14-15 million.
Peralta has been asking in the 4-yr $56M range to as much as $75M for 5. #Mets #Yankees interested, but not at those prices. Will they fall?— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 22, 2013
Peralta, an SFX client, has manned shortstop for the Detroit Tigers since 2010, when he was acquired from the Cleveland Indians in a trade prior to the July 31st trade deadline. Since the deal, Peralta has hit .275/.332/.425 with a 9.2 WAR for the Tigers, including a .303/.358/.457, 3.3 WAR campaign for Detroit last season. An All-Star in both 2011 and 2013, Peralta was suspended for 50 games this year due to his role in the Biogenesis PED scandal.
Peralta has expressed interest in returning to Detroit, but with Jose Iglesias now entrenched at short, that arrangement seems highly unlikely.
As Sherman notes, both New York clubs have shown interest in the 31-year-old, with Peralta having already met with Mets' officials. However, his asking price could very well scare a few potential suitors away.
Along with the Mets, Peralta has also met with the Seattle Mariners, and has reportedly drawn interest from the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, as well. The Baltimore Orioles have also made contract with Peralta, and supposedly have interest in signing him as a left fielder, a position which he played for the duration of Detroit's playoff run last month.