Jhonny Peralta has had a 15-year career to this point, but there is unlikely to be a 16th season in the books. He has not been fantasy relevant for the past two seasons and that is unlikely to change at age 36. He could end up on a minor-league deal with a team before camps open in February, but this is still a player with a .251/.299/.376 line over the past two season which grades out to 20 percent below the league average. We writers will not be sad to see him go since his name either autocorrects or gives us the dreaded red squiggly line each time we write about him. He hit double-digit home runs for 11 consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2015, which is tough to do, but it's over man. It's over.
Peralta was released by the Red Sox on Thursday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI reports. Peralta recently signed a minor-league contract with the team June 23, but hit just 8-for-40 with two home runs and five RBI for Triple-A Pawtucket in 10 games. Boston has seen solid production out of Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero at the hot corner, and didn't foresee any opening for Peralta at the big-league level. Prior to his time with the Red Sox, Peralta was batting .204/.259/.204 during 21 games with the Cardinals. The 35-year-old could wind up joining a contending team in the next couple weeks, but his future is very much up in the air right now.
Peralta, who signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox, will play third base for Triple-A Pawtucket, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Peralta gives the organization an additional option at third base, a position at which the Red Sox have been among the worst in MLB this season. Boston's third sackers had a league-worst .577 OPS entering Friday.
Peralta has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Red Sox and will report to Triple-A Pawtucket next week, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Peralta, who was released by the Cardinals earlier this month, will get another shot at continuing his career with a Red Sox club that's struggled to find a solution at the hot corner this season. The 35-year-old failed to produce over 21 games with St. Louis -- posting a .204 batting average and .462 OPS -- before being dropped from the roster. Peralta will likely be stuck as organizational depth unless he can improve his offensive stats.
Peralta was granted his unconditional release by the Cardinals on Tuesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. This move seemed to be in the works for a while, as the Cardinals couldn't justify playing Peralta, and there seemed to be little reason to keep him at Triple-A, taking away at-bats from players with a potential future in St. Louis. He was hitting .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances this year, and will likely have to settle for a minor-league deal if he wants to catch on with another MLB organization. The Cardinals will have to pay Peralta the remainder of the $10 million he was slated to earn this season.
Peralta was designated for assignment Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. The former All-Star's days on the active roster seemed to be numbered for quite a while now, and with Kolten Wong coming off the disabled list, Peralta finally got the hook. The veteran infielder's season has been a disaster, as his batting average sits just above the Mendoza Line and he hasn't recorded an extra-base hit or an RBI this season. His track record of big-league success may be enough to entice a team to pluck him off waivers, although his steady decline over the past couple of seasons doesn't instill much confidence.