Appearing on “MLB Tonight” Friday, Joel Sherman said that Jhonny Peralta is the number one free agent target for the Mets. But the New York Post columnist also reports that Peralta is asking for as much as $75 million. And that is insane.
Sherman wrote on Twitter that “Peralta has been asking in the 4-yr $56M range to as much as $75M for 5.” He added that the Mets are interested, “but not at those prices.”
Nor should the Mets be interested at those prices. Has Peralta forgotten that he is coming off a 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal? That there is suspicion that all of his numbers have been inflated by PEDs? The Mets, and likely every team in baseball, certainly have not forgotten.
Going into the off-season, the Mets reportedly thought they could get Peralta on a two-year deal. Sherman said the Mets would be comfortable extending that to three years in the $39 million range. Even that is too much.
Jhonny Peralta should get around the same contract Melky Cabrera got after his suspension — two years, $16 million. But given the weak market for shortstops, Peralta will surely top that.
I would not mind seeing Jhonny Peralta on the Mets, but not if they have to severely overpay. If indeed the Mets only have $25 million to $30 million to spend, and Chris Young has already eaten up $7.5 million of that, then signing Peralta to nearly the rest of the budget would be lunacy. In this case, the Mets cheapness will be an asset.