St. Louis Cardinals sign free agent Jhonny Peralta


Zach Libby

After last season plagued by a 50-game suspension from the Biogenesis drug scandal, former Tiger Jhonny Peralta has been given a fresh start with the St. Louis Cardinals.

According to Jon Heyman, both sides have agreed to a four-year, $53 million contract. Peralta will be the first player suspended from the Biogenseis  to receive a significant deal, per USA Today Sports Bob Nightengale.

In 107 games played with the Detroit Tigers last season, Peralta batted .303 with 11 HR and 55 RBI. He eventually came back with the team in late September where he played both shortstop and leftfield.

“We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals,” general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement on “Jhonny is among the game’s top offensive shortstops, he’s a steady defender and he has experience playing for a contender. He gives us proven veteran experience and brings balance and versatility to our everyday lineup. ”

The Cardinals will be looking for Peralta to provide power in the lineup after trading former World Series MVP David Freese for Peter Bourjos, as well as filling the role at shortstop as Rafael Furcal is recovering from elbow surgery he underwent in spring training.

As for the Tigers, the possibility of resigning the free agent with the money available after trading Prince Fielder to Texas is out of the question. Detroit will also not receive a compensation draft pick due to not extending a qualifying offer to Peralta.