The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Peraza made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers but spent the last four years with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .239 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 141 games during the 2019 season.
His best season came in 2018 when he batted .288 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 157 matches for the Reds. All things considered, Peraza is a good buy-low candidate for the Red Sox, who also could help Boston replace Brock Holt if he departs in free agency.
The 25-year-old infielder brings plenty of positional versatility to the Red Sox. Peraza mostly played second base for Cincinnati this past season, but he also saw time at third base, left field and center field.
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Brock Holt seems unlikely to return as the Sox have piled up options for the position.
Candidates include Peraza, Marco Hernandez, Michael Chavis, Jonathan Arauz, who they picked in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. Dustin Pedroia is also still trying to make a comeback.
At just $3 million, Peraza seems like a low-risk, high-reward option given his potential. He was once ranked the Braves’ top prospect and was named the Braves’ minor league player of the year in 2014.
They traded him to the DOdgers in 2015, when he played in just seven matches before being traded to the Reds. Peraza showed flashes of potential over four years with the Reds, batting .288 with 14 homers, 31 doubles and 58 RBI in 2018. But he regressed offensively in 2019, and he’s still improving defensively.
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