Peralta to Cards, leaving SS market thin

Free-agent Jhonny Peralta is on the verge of signing with the St. Louis Cardinals, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports.

Jhonny Peralta

Jhonny Peralta

#27 SS
Detroit Tigers

2013 STATS

  • GM107
  • HR11

  • RBI55

  • R50

  • OBP.358

  • AVG.303

That leaves the free-agent shortstop market very thin for the Mets, who would like to find an external replacement for Ruben Tejada.

Stephen Drew clearly is above the Mets' spending appetite. And the choices become very thin after that.

Rafael Furcal missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, and Sandy Alderson said last week that it's not even clear if Furcal has started throwing. Other shortstops on the free-agent board include ex-Met Ronny Cedeno, who has no chance of being asked back, as well as Clint Barmes, Cesar Izturis, Munenori Kawasaki and John McDonald.

Considering that group, the Mets might have to address shortstop via trade or just forget about an upgrade from Tejada, who has been attending a fitness camp outside of Ann Arbor, Mich., this month along with Lucas Duda.

The Mets had hoped Peralta's Biogenesis suspension would limit bidding, but the scarcity of shortstops proved otherwise. Alderson and crew had met in person with Peralta and his reps at the GM Meetings in Orlando, Fla., two weeks ago.