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Peralta signs with the Cardinals

The Cardinals confirmed this afternoon that they have signed free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta. According to reports, the deal is a four year contract worth $53 million. The 31-year-old Peralta was a free agent after a three-year stint in Detroit where he hit .278/.334/.438 with 45 HRs and 204 RBI.

His stay there was capped off by a 50 game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal. He would return during the playoffs for Detroit and hit .333/.353/.545 in 10 playoff games with the Tigers.

Despite the scandal, he was one of a few heavily courted free agents because of the shortages of quality shortstops. He had drawn interest from the Mets, Yankees, and Orioles.

Peralta is clearly an offensive improvement over the guy he is replacing, Pete Kozma, who hit .217/.275/.273 last season while Peralta hit .303/.358/.457 in an abbreviated career year. Even if he regresses to his career averages of .268/.330/.425, he is still a marked improvement for the Cardinals offensively at the shortstop position. Continue reading

Red Sox/Dodgers trade unfair?

This morning an interesting commentary piece by Rob Rains stumbled through my Twitter timeline. In the post, Mr. Rains argues that the Red Sox-Dodgers trade that was consummated this last weekend is unfair and illustrates what is wrong with the game. Mr. Rains states that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig should have blocked the trade with his super duper commissioner powers.

Let me start: I wholeheartedly disagree.

According to Rains, Selig didn’t block the trade because he loves his money and this is a way for baseball to become richer. Because he doesn’t care about competitive balance or the “integrity” of the game. Continue reading