According to a press announcement by the club, the Boston Red Sox have signed infielder Jhonny Peralta to a minor league deal. Peralta last played for the St. Louis Cardinals, before being designated for assignment earlier this year.
Peralta, 35, has had a lengthy career since signing as an amateur free agent with the Cleveland Indians in 1999. Peralta broke into the league in 2003, and spent seven and a half seasons with the Indians before being dealt midseason to the Detroit Tigers. Peralta would end up spending three more seasons in Detroit, before joining the St. Louis Cardinals for four years.
Peralta is a three time All-Star (2011, 2013, 2015) and received votes for MVP in 2014. Initially a shortstop, Peralta has transitioned to a third baseman role and over his career, ranks 10th all time in fielding percentage, at .980%. However, his bat has faltered this season, leading to the end of the road with the Cardinals. Peralta hit just .204 in 21 games and had no runs batted in.
Peralta may earn himself a major league chance with the Red So who are desperately looking for answers at the hot corner. Pablo Sandoval has been a disaster when he’s healthy, and is currently on the DL with an ear infection. Deven Marrero and Josh Rutledge have been platooning at the role, but haven’t produced enough offensive output. Because Marrero has and option remaining, Peralta could see time as soon as he is back to regular baseball activities.
This move and the waiver claim of Doug Fister reunite the two players with former general manager Dave Dombrowski, who acquired both under his watch while serving as GM of the Detroit Tigers.