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Reports: Jhonny Peralta has 4-year offer, seeking $56 million-$75 million

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Jhonny Peralta appears to be headed for a huge payday.
Jhonny Peralta appears to be headed for a huge payday. (USATSI)

Free agent infielder Jhonny Peralta currently has a four-year contract offer worth $52 million in hand, reports MLB Network's Peter Gammons. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says he's seeking at least $56 million across four years and as much as $75 million across five years.

Peralta, 31, is one of the few free agents who can legitimately play shortstop on an everyday basis. He hit .303/.358/.457 (119 OPS+) with 11 home runs in 107 games for the Tigers this year while missing 50 games due to a Biogenesis-related suspension. Obviously teams aren't too concerned about that.

In addition to being capable at short, Peralta can play third and even dabbled in left field for Detroit after returning from his suspension. He has never been on the disabled list in his 11-year big league career and he's hit .283/.326/.506 in 45 postseason games. It's a skillset an awful lot of teams could use.

The Mets, Yankees, Orioles and Mariners have all been connected to Peralta this offseason, though it's unclear if any of them made the four-year offer. Since the Tigers did not make him a qualifying offer, teams will not have to forfeit a first round pick to sign him.

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