Peraza's path to playing time got more crowded with the Reds' acquisition of Freddy Galvis, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Peraza is already a spot starter, but with Galvis getting most of his playing time at second base, that's one less position for Peraza to play. He'll still play a little left field and get an odd start at shortstop or second, but with Josh VanMeter also displaced, those opportunities will become less frequent for Peraza.
Peraza is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals. With Jose Iglesias missing the prior three games due to injuries and the Reds in the midst of a schedule featuring several opposing left-handed starters, Peraza has cracked the lineup in nine of the past 10 games. He batted a respectable .294 during that span, but it might not be enough for Peraza to retain ample work in the middle infield. In addition to Iglesias rejoining the lineup Monday, the Reds also scooped Freddy Galvis up off waivers from the Blue Jays. Galvis' arrival likely leaves him, Iglesias, Peraza and Josh VanMeter to contend for starts at either second base or shortstop in any given game.
Peraza is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves. Following Wednesday's trade that sent Scooter Gennett to the Giants, Peraza started in the middle infield in the Reds' subsequent three games. While Jose Iglesias appears locked in as the everyday shortstop, Peraza should get the chance to fight with Josh VanMeter and Derek Dietrich for playing time at the keystone the rest of the way.
Peraza will likely see some starts at second base and in the outfield following the trades of Scooter Gennett and Yasiel Puig before Wednesday's trade deadline. It's been an awfully disappointing season for Peraza, to the extent that the Reds might have a tough decision this offseason about whether to tender a contract and be subject to arbitration. He's hitting .237/.284/.359 on the season, but the Reds will probably want to see as much as possible from him if/when they decide they're out of the wild-card race.
Peraza went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in a 10-9 loss against the Rockies on Sunday. The 25-year-old smashed a pinch-hit homer to pull the Reds within a run during the sixth, but those were the last runs of the game. Peraza stayed in the contest as part of a double-switch and received another at-bat during the ninth but struck out. He went 5-for-8 (.625) with two extra-base hits and five RBI during the weekend series against the Rockies. Peraza is batting .236 with six homers, 25 RBI, 26 runs and five steals in 233 at-bats this season.
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