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27 Jhonny Peralta SS
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 5/28/1982 | Birthplace: Santiago, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $6,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 67/44 | Average Draft Position: 193.02
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Jhonny Peralta attributes surge to 'better luck'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has responded postively since getting a day off Saturday amid a 2-for-32 slump to begin the season.

Peralta entered play Wednesday at Milwaukee having hit .500 (6 for 12) with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI in three games since returning to the lineup.

"I've felt good from the beginning. It's nothing different," Peralta said, when asked about his recent surge. "The only thing different is better luck. But I haven't changed anything."


Jhonny Peralta admits changing leagues has been challenging


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta was back in the starting lineup Sunday against the Cubs after getting a day off Saturday amid a 2-for-32 slump to begin the season. Peralta admitted he's struggling because of the adjustment from the AL to the NL.

"I need to see more pitching," Peralta said, per MLB.com. "It's a little different. I don't know the pitcher or what the pitcher has. I don't want to use it as an excuse, but it's a little different than what I've seen in the American League."


Jhonny Peralta gets day off amidst slump


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs.

Peralta has struggled at the plate over the early part of the season, with his pair of homers representing his only hits in 32 at-bats. He's 0 for 14 with three walks over the Cardinals' last five games. Daniel Descalso draws the start at shortstop in his stead.


Jhonny Peralta breaks out of mini-slump with home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta broke out of an 0-for-7 mini-slump to start the season in style on Thursday, launching his first home run of the season against the Reds.

Peralta took Homer Bailey deep for a two-run shot in the second inning, his first hit as a Cardinal. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 7-6 victory. He is hitting .091 (1 for 11) in three games.

Jhonny Peralta smacks two home runs Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Facing his former team Monday, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 2 for 2 with two solo home runs in his team's 8-5 loss to the Tigers.

Peralta went 0 for 2 in his spring debut Monday but got to Detroit starter Drew Smyly twice Monday. He hit .303/.358/.457 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI in 409 at-bats with the Tigers last season.


Johnny Peralta looking to turn reputation around


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Cardinals new shortstop Jhonny Peralta is eager to make a good impression and he took an important first step by showing up to camp three days earlier.

Peralta lost 50 games last season to a performance enhancing drug suspension while with the Tigers before returning to bat .333 in the postseason. The Cardinals were criticized by some for signing him as a four-year free agent contract for $53 million.

"I came here early to talk to everybody and let them know what kind of person I am," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's hard to come back from that situation but I tried to forget about and I loved forward."

Peralta batted a career-high .303 last season with 11 home runs and 55 RBI before the suspension.


Jhonny Peralta ready to help Cardinals win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) New Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta said he's ready for a fresh start after serving a 50-game suspension in 2013 with the Tigers for his ties to the Biogenesis investigation, according to Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat.

"I'm trying to put it in the past," Peralta said. "I'm trying to look forward and forget about it. ... I know I can play baseball naturally. I have to show people that I can do it and that I can help.

"I'm going to try to do the best I can do and try to help the Cardinals go to the World Series one more time and win. I've been watching the Cardinals for a long time, and this was one of the teams I wanted to be with. It's a great organization and there's a great opportunity to be a champion. I want to be a champion, too."

As for his spot in the batting order, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak hinted Peralta could be a candidate to bat second, despite hitting primarily sixth or seventh in his career.

"I think you could go either way with him," Mozeliak said of Peralta. "I definitely think (he will hit) in the top two-thirds (of the order). I think how things shake out will depend on ... how we want to balance that out."


Jhonny Peralta to sign frontloaded contract


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/27/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that the terms of Jhonny Peralta's new deal with the Cardinals have been disclosed. Peralta's four-year, $53 million deal starts with him earning $15.5 million in 2014 and then receiving successively lower amounts in subsequent seasons.

Peralta is set to earn $15 million in 2015, $12.5 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017.


Cardinals reach agreement on Jhonny Peralta deal


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/24/2013) ESPN.com reports that free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta agreed to a four-year deal with the Cardinals worth approximately $52 million Sunday.

The two parties had been reportedly close to a deal earlier over the weekend. Though Peralta has also played third base and left field, he is expected to be the Cardinals' regular shortstop next season.

In 2013, Peralta hit a career-high .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI with the Tigers, though he was limited to 107 games, as he served a 50-game drug suspension.


Report: Jhonny Peralta near agreement with Cardinals


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2013) The Cardinals are nearing a deal with free agent infielder Jhonny Peralta, according to an ESPN.com report Saturday. Details of the rumored deal are not yet known, but it was reported Friday he had a contract offer from an unknown team worth at least $52 million over four years.

Peralta played in just 107 games last year before being hit with a 50-game suspension as part of the Biogenesis investigation, but he was very productive when he played. Peralta hit .303/.358/.457 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI in 409 at-bats.

Peralta played 106 games at shortstop last season, and will help fill a hole in the Cardinals lineup, assuming the report comes to fruition. St. Louis' shortstops combined for a .583 OPS in 620 plate appearances last season. 


Jhonny Peralta a possibility for the Yankees


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/18/2013) FOXSports.com reports that the Yankees have interest in signing free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

The Yankees re-signed Derek Jeter earlier this month and reached an agreement to sign shortstop Brendan Ryan on Monday, but Peralta could provide roster flexibility, as he can also play third base and left field.


Jhonny Peralta seeking big payday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2013) Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta is seeking a deal worth more than three years and $45 million, his representatives told ESPN Wednesday.

Peralta is not expected to return to Detroit next season. The Mets had a secret meeting with Peralta and his representatives during the GM meetings, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Peralta served a 50-game suspension after being involved in the Biogenesis scandal earlier in the year. He finished the regular season with a .303/.358/.457 slash line in 409 at-bats.

Eight Tigers file for free agency


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit and second baseman Omar Infante, who were not extended qualifying offers, and relief pitcher Jose Veras, who had his team option declined, the Tigers have had several players file for free agency, including shortstop Jhonny Peralta, catcher Brayan Pena, infielder Ramon Santiago, relief pitcher Octavio Dotel and relief pitcher Jeremy Bonderman.

The Tigers are not expected to be in the running for Peralta or Pena.


Tigers likely to let Jhonny Peralta sign elsewhere


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/3/2013) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told MLive.com on Sunday that he does not expect the organization to re-sign shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who entered free agency at the conclusion of the postseason.

Peralta had been the Tigers' starting shortstop prior to being handed a 50-game suspension in early August. He had been supplanted by Jose Iglesias and had to move to left field once he returned from his suspension during the final weekend of the regular season.


Jhonny Peralta doesn't rule out playing left field in 2014


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Tigers shortstop/outfielder Jhonny Peralta has not ruled out re-signing with the Tigers to play left field, the Detroit Free Press reports.

"There's a chance for sure, yeah, because I like the organization here," Peralta said. "Do I want to be here? Yeah, I want to be here."

However, the Tigers may be hesitant to sign Peralta as it may block prospect Nick Castellanos in left field. Castellanos hit .276/.343/.450 with 18 home run and 76 RBI in 533 at-bats with Triple-A Toledo.

Despite Peralta's remarks, the most likely scenario would be the natural shortstop signing with another team in the offseason to return to the infield.


Jhonny Peralta at short again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Tigers utility man Jhonny Peralta is at short for Game 3 of the ALCS.

With fly ball pitcher Justin Verlander on the mound, Peralta will get a shot at short. Andy Dirks has been called on to play left. Things will likely swap in Game 4. Doug Fister is a ground ball pitcher, so Peralta will likely move back out to left.


Red Sox upset Jhonny Peralta is allowed to play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Several members of the Red Sox have complained about Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta being eligible to play during the postseason, according to GammonsDaily.com.

Peralta served a 50-game suspension after being involved in the Biogenesis scandal earlier this season. He was able to return at the end of the regular season, and has been used in the playoffs. Peralta drove in the only run during the team's 1-0 win over the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALCS. 

Outfielder Jonny Gomes didn't seem to take issue with Peralta playing since it's within the rules. "We all play by the rules, and he is playing by the rules. So go out and play."

Peralta hit .303/.358/.457 in 409 at-bats in the regular season.


Jhonny Peralta starting at SS in Game 2 of ALCS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Tigers shortstop/outfielder Jhonny Peralta is starting at shortstop in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox Sunday.

Peralta, who is batting sixth Sunday, went 3 for 4 and drove in the only run of Game 1 Saturday while starting in left field. His presence at shortstop means Jose Iglesias is out of the lineup. Don Kelly draws the start in left field and bats ninth.


Jhonny Peralta comes through with timely hit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta came through with another timely hit during Saturday's Game 1 win over the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.

Peralta slapped an RBI single off starter Jon Lester in the sixth inning for the game's only run. He added a pair of doubles and finished 3 for 4 with an RBI in a 1-0 victory.


Tigers will start Jose Iglesias over Jhonny Peralta in Game 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2013) The Tigers will go back to Jose Iglesias at shortstop for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox.

Detroit used Jhonny Peralta in Game 5 of the ALDS against the A's instead of Iglesias. Peralta went 3 for 8 with five RBI in three games against Oakland. Iglesias had just one hit over 12 at-bats against the A's but went 3 for 9 with two RBI against his former club.

Jhonny Peralta gets the nod at short for Game 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2013) Jhonny Peralta will get the start at short for the Tigers during Game 5 against the Athletics.

Peralta has primarily been used as an outfielder since he returned from his suspension. There was some speculation Peralta would remain in the outfield for the rest of the playoffs, but it appears manager Jim Leyland will occasionally mix him in. 

Peralta hit .303/.358/.457 in 409 at-bats.


Jhonny Peralta to remain in left field in Game 5 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) Tigers outfielder Jhonny Peralta will start in left field in Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the A's Thursday, MLB.com reports. Peralta started in left field in the team's previous two games, going 3 for 7 with one double, one home run and five RBI.

Jhonny Peralta snaps Detroit's homerless drought


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2013) Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta launched his eighth career postseason home run and Detroit's first home run of the postseason during Tuesday's win over the Athletics in Game 4 of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park.

Peralta smashed a three-run home run in the fifth inning, which knotted the game for Detroit. He doubled in the seventh inning and finished 2 for 3 with one run scored and three RBI in an 8-6 victory. He has gone 3 for 8 (.375) in three postseason games.


Jhonny Peralta gets another start in the outfield


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2013) Tigers outfielder Jhonny Peralta will get the start in left field again Tuesday agaisnt the Athletics.

Peralta started in the outfield for Game 3, and will reprise his role for Game 4. Peralta hit .303/.358/.457 in 409 at-bats. 


Jhonny Peralta could return to shortstop this postseason


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/7/2013) Jhonny Peralta is getting his first start for the Tigers in the American League Division Series on Monday, but while he will begin the game in left field, he could see action at his normal position of shortstop later in the game.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLive.com he could shift Peralta to shortstop if he pinch-hits for Jose Iglesias, who started at the position. Leyland is also keeping open the possibility of Peralta starting at shortstop in future postseason games.