(NEW YORK) — It didn’t take long for the best shortstop on the free agent market to find a new home.
After losing to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals bolstered their infield by agreeing to a four-year deal with former Detroit Tiger Jhonny Peralta. The deal is reportedly worth $52 million.
“We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals,” general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “Jhonny is among the game’s top offensive shortstops, he’s a steady defender and he has experience playing for a contender. He gives us proven veteran experience and brings balance and versatility to our everyday lineup. “
The 31-year-old Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games this past season for the Tigers, who lost to the Red Sox in the ALCS.
Peralta was hit with a 50 game suspension last season as a result of Major League Baseball’s investigation in the Biogenesis case involving performance-enhancing drugs.
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