Jhonny Peralta signed a four-year, $53 million deal with the Cardinals this offseason, but says he did get a two-year offer from the Mets and a three-year offer from the Yankees (NY Post, Mar. 3).
“The Mets said they had a little problem with Ruben Tejada and they were looking for a shortstop,” Peralta said. “I would have liked to play in New York.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I still say there’s a 50-50 chance Tejada isn’t the starting shortstop on Opening Day. I don’t know who it will be, but he continues to seem like a reluctant option for Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins…
As for Peralta, from what I recall, he was Alderson’s top offseason target. The way I heard it from people connected to the team, Alderson (as well as other front offices) were somewhat surprised by how much Peralta got from the Cardinals. I’ve heard Jeff Wilpon was rather disappointed, since I think he and Alderson felt Peralta could get signed. It sort of threw the offseason off track a bit, or at least sent a lot of people — not just the Mets — back to the drawing board.