Could Jhonny Peralta’s absence actually be a good thing for the Cardinals?
The Cardinals have been plagued with the injury bug as of late. Brayan Pena, Brandon Moss, Matt Carpenter and now Jhonny Peralta have all found themselves on the disabled list. Nobody is going to feel sorry for the Cardinals, though, considering every team deals with injuries along the course of a 162 game season. While injuries normally hurt a team, Peralta’s injury could be a good thing.
As we know, Manger Mike Matheny is not one to make many bold decisions. Players like Greg Garcia and Jedd Gyorko find themselves at a shortage of opportunities. Garcia has shown time and time again that he is ready to be a big league starter. In his limited action in the majors, he hasa .321, average despite not playing everyday. Garcia has been a team player and has always been ready to play when his number has been called.
On the other hand, Gyorko has been looking for a fresh start since being acquired from San Diego. While his acquisition is undoubtedly the worst move of the offseason, Gyorko needs playing time to try to reinvent himself in St. Louis. He has shown signs of turning his career around by hitting 8 homeruns on the season and has hit an impressive .295 in his last 30 games.
Peralta lost his starting shortstop role after Aldemys Diaz had an All Star first half in his replacement. Since returning from the DL, Peralta has looked like a shell of himself hitting .221. He also hasn’t had the smoothest transition to third base and has been a liability in the field.
With Peralta out, Garcia and Gyorko will likely platoon at third base. This will ultimately help the Cardinals not only in the present but also in the long run. Garcia is the future for the Cardinals, not the aging Peralta. He is at the young age of 26 and is a barging especially compared to Peralta. As I have said many times before, Peralta should be traded at the deadline for a pitcher and if Garcia continues to preform at the level he has, Mozeliak should have no problem dishing him.
Gyorko now has an opportunity to turn his career around. Gyorko has shown many signs of being able to become the dominate player that he was projected to be as a rookie but never lived up to. If Gyorko can turn it around or at least continue his recent success for a few more weeks, he can become a major trade chip for the Cardinals.
Peralta needs to go. His performance is declining and the Cardinals simply do not need him anymore. He is not in the Cardinals plans for the future and the 2016 trade deadline is the perfect time to acquire the most value for him.