Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 12/3/14

The St. Louis Cardinals fell in the World Series to the Boston Red Sox and have not been shy about remaking their roster so far this offseason. That continued on Sunday as they signed free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a monster contract. The Cardinals gave the 31-year-old a four-year, $53 million deal that will see him likely taking over for Pete Kozma, whose anemic offense and spotty defense cost the team in the postseason. Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs, while also posting an OPS of .815 and a WAR of 3.3 in 2013. Where this all gets hazy is the fact that Peralta was suspended for 50 games last season as a result of Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis case involving performance-enhancing drugs. He came back to the Detroit Tigers in late September and also played for the team in the postseason. There will be plenty of negative reactions to the Peralta signing, since he essentially cheated and it resulted in a big raise over what he was previously making. The Cardinals traded third baseman David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels for outfielder Peter Bourjos a few days ago, and had cut $45 million off their payroll before signing Peralta. Over his 11-year career, Peralta is a two-time All-Star with a .268 career batting average, 156 home runs and 698 RBIs. The Tigers are set at shortstop after acquiring Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox late in the 2013 season. Clearly they saw Peralta as expendable as they didn’t even extend a qualifying offer to him after the season. The post Jhonny Peralta: St. Louis Cardinals sign shortstop to huge contract appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant

Report: Panthers officially parting ways with Greg Hardy

Could the Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG: Inglewood stadium would be a terrorism target

Former Knick Anthony Mason dies at age 48

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Blackhawks, Caps discussed Patrick Sharp trade

Giancarlo Stanton was 'angered' over $325 million offer

Colts, Cardinals, Cowboys interested in Adrian Peterson?

How much will Rousey and Zingano make for their fight?

Browns agree to three-year deal with Josh McCown

Bulls general manager expects Derrick Rose back in 4-6 weeks

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Ray Rice addresses domestic violence case, his future & more

Kentucky raffling off Wildcats-themed motorcycle

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell throws down monster alley-oop

WATCH: Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected for fight

WATCH: Russell Westbrook literally gets dent in his face

WATCH: Knicks' Alexey Shved tosses wild pass into stands

Ten players ready to make the leap in 2015

WATCH: Reggie Bush says he won't quit football

PHOTO: ECHL team will wear Dr. Seuss jerseys

Report: Baron Davis in talks to join a contending team

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Could Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG plays dirty with Inglewood stadium

Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Westbrook got dent in his cheek

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.