Will Jhonny Peralta be wearing a Cardinals jersey come August?
In the MLB today, young shortstops are the fad. Players like Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, and Xander Bogaerts are all under 25 but have been given the responsibility to captain the infield. These players are already becoming household names despite the fact that most of them haven’t even played a full season in the MLB.
Every team is looking for a franchise player to man their infield for ten to fifteen years and Aledmys Diaz is that guy for the Cardinals.
The 25 year old rookie has shown that he is here to stay. Though he is inexperienced and will have growing pains, the Cardinals’ have to look towards the future. The only way for Diaz to blossom into the Shortstop of the future is if they give him an opportunity to play everyday.
Recently, with the injury to Jhonny Peralta and the under preforming Jedd Gyorko, Diaz has gotten that opportunity and has made the most of it. Diaz has hit a phenomenal .385 on the same along with 2 homeruns.
Diaz looks comfortable at the plate. He doesn’t swing at many pitches outside of the zone and is not afraid to take his free passes.
His ability to hit for power along with average makes him a perfect candidate to potentially become a middle of the lineup hitter for the Cardinals. Out of Diaz’s 15 hits on the season, an astonishing 9 have gone for extra bases.
With Diaz on the rise, there is no need to keep the aging veteran Peralta. The 33 year old is clearly past his prime. His fielding abilities have deteriorated and have become a liability at shortstop. Given his history, Peralta will most likely not be willing to switch to another position after playing 13 years of his career at short.
Peralta is owed $10 milion next season, which could potentially make it difficult for the Cardinals to trade him. Peralta can be a valuable asset for a team that is trying to make a postseason run. The veteran has been to the postseason 6 times before and could be valuable to any team down the stretch.
The Mariners are a perfect trade destination for Peralta. Peralta would be paired up with All Star second baseman and fellow countryman Robinson Cano. Cano has expressed dissatisfaction in Seattle because of the lack of presents in the Hispanic community. Bringing Peralta over could help please the slugger and improve his conditions. The Cardinals could ship off Peralta and his contract in return for a bullpen arm like Joaquin Benoit or bring back Steve Cishek.
Another optimal team to send Peralta off to is the New York Mets. Currently the Mets have Wilmer Flores and Asdrubal Cabrera as their options as shortstop but neither of them have proved that they can carry an infield throughout the playoffs. The Mets have an abundance of young arms and would be willing to part ways with one of their second tier pitchers for a bat in the middle of their lineup.
Before the Cardinals can trade Peralta, Diaz has to show that he is able to consistently play at the level he has shown so far this season. If Diaz is still impressing by the time July comes along, don’t be surprised if Peralta is no longer wearing the birds on the bat.
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