Cards sign SS Peralta

Updated: November 24, 2013

St. Louis, MO ( – Seeking an offensive upgrade at the
shortstop position, the St. Louis Cardinals signed free agent Jhonny Peralta
to a four-year contract on Sunday.

Peralta, 31, batted .303 with 11 homers, 30 doubles and 55 RBI for the Detroit
Tigers in 2013. He also served a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the
Biogenesis scandal.

“We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is
equally excited to be joining the Cardinals,”Cardinals general manager John
Mozeliak said in a statement. “Jhonny is among the game’s top offensive
shortstops, he’s a steady defender and he has experience playing for a
contender. He gives us proven veteran experience and brings balance and
versatility to our everyday lineup.”

Peralta is a career .268 hitter with 156 homers, 295 doubles and 698 RBI in
1,383 games with Cleveland and Detroit.