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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Spend Hal's Money: Jhonny Peralta

By Andrew Marchand

Jhonny Peralta
Would you like to see Jhonny Peralta roaming the left side of the Yankees' infield?
Hal Steinbrenner's "serious goal" is to have the Yankees' payroll fall below the $189 million salary threshold. With that in mind, here at ESPN New York, we are examining potential free-agent and trade candidates in a feature we call "Spend Hal's Money."

Candidate: Jhonny Peralta
Position: SS/3B
Age: 31
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
2013: .303, 11 HRs, 55 RBIs, .815 OPS

SHOULD THE YANKEES SPEND HAL'S MONEY?: Peralta is a member of the Biogenesis All-Stars, which complicates his market value. Without that black mark, it is hard to believe he would be under consideration by the cost-conscious Yankees. But the fact he admitted to taking PEDs and accepted a 50-game suspension clouds his future.

One baseball official predicted most teams will not hold his involvement in Biogenesis against him. First off, the official pointed out there is no telling if Peralta, or anyone else caught, will stop using PEDs. Teams want production no matter what they may say publicly.

Peralta offers a lot of the same traits that Stephen Drew could for the Yankees. The Yankees have uncertainty on the left side of the infield with Derek Jeter's injuries and Alex Rodriguez's possible suspension. Peralta could play short or third, but I just don't see why he would want to be the third man in the Jeter-A-Rod drama.

Plus, Peralta will still likely receive a multiyear deal. He made $6 million in 2013. I think he will get more than that annually this offseason.

VERDICT: Pass. That would be the initial response. However, if the Yankees miss out on Robinson Cano, then plan B could call for trying to fortify a number of positions -- meaning the Yankees will want to say in touch with Peralta for a possible late run.