Peraza and the Reds avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.775 contract Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The 24-year-old had a solid season for the Reds in 2018, coming to the plate 683 times (tied for 16th-most in the league) and posting a .288/.326/.416 line, good for a 97 wRC+. He matched his steals total from the previous campaign with 23 and hit a career-high 14 homers. He lines up as the team's everyday shortstop again this season.
Peraza went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Royals. Peraza took Heath Fillmyer deep in the bottom of the first inning to tie the score at 1-1, though the Royals responded with five unanswered runs en route to the win. The 24-year-old infielder has been locked in all month, slashing .319/.340/.538 with five homers, three stolen bases, 13 runs and 12 RBI in 22 games.
Peraza is back in the lineup Saturday against Miami after missing Friday's contest due to an illness. Peraza's illness evidently wasn't a severe one, as he'll wind up missing just one game. Over his last 15 games, he's hitting .349 with four homers.
Peraza was removed from Friday's starting lineup against the Marlins prior to first pitch, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Peraza was initially expected to play shortstop and bat second, but he was held out due to an illness. Blake Trahan will draw the start in Peraza's absence.
Peraza went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Brewers. Peraza clubbed his 13th long ball of the year, this one off Chase Anderson in the first inning, then slashed his 31st double in his next at-bat. Peraza is hitting .333 with four home runs and 11 RBI over his last 15 games, and on the season he's slashing .292/.330/.423 with 56 RBI, 83 runs and 23 stolen bases. He's having an excellent offensive campaign in his second full season with the Reds.