It was getting relatively slow on the rumor front until Friday afternoon when Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi tweeted that the Orioles had shown interest in Jhonny Peralta as a left fielder.
The Orioles don’t currently have a left fielder. If they’re to bring back Nate McLouth it will probably be on a one-year deal, but the Peralta rumor is at least an inventive one.
They haven’t decided whether to bring back Nolan Reimold even at a reduced rate, and Henry Urrutia is a huge question mark.
Peralta in left, now that’s intriguing.
Long a shortstop, Peralta never played left field until this year when he played parts of three games there for Detroit.
There’s plenty of baggage with Peralta. He sat out 50 games because of the Biogenesis scandal.
There’s also lots of good about Peralta. He was an All-Star in two of the last three seasons, and he’s got a lot of postseason experience with both Cleveland and the Tigers.
He is a shortstop, and the Orioles currently have J.J. Hardy, who won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. Hardy has another year on his contract, and the Orioles could be using Peralta as a stopgap in left.
Peralta is a lifetime .268 hitter with a respectable .330 on-base percentage, and he’s hit more than 20 home runs four times since 2005.
Of course, Peralta would have to agree to a move to left, and the Orioles would have to outbid the Yankees and maybe the Mets. If he’s looking for a three-year, $45 million deal, that may be a little high, but it’s not outrageous for an accomplished player.