Red Sox reportedly agree to deal with infielder Jose Peraza

Scott McLaughlin
December 12, 2019 - 4:35 pm

The Red Sox have a new infielder. They have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with Jose Peraza worth close to $3 million plus incentives, as first reported by Robert Murray and confirmed by RADIO.COM Insider Jon Heyman.

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The 25-year-old Peraza, who has played mostly shortstop and second base as well as some outfield, was once the top prospect in the Braves' farm system, and finally showed some of his potential as the Reds' regular shortstop in 2018, when he hit .288 with 14 home runs, 58 RBIs, 85 runs and a .742 OPS in 632 at-bats.

He took a step back offensively in 2019, though, as his numbers dropped to a .239 average, 6 home runs, 33 RBIs, 37 runs and a .631 OPS in 376 at-bats as he became more of a platoon player and moved around to different positions.

The signing likely puts an end to any hope that the Red Sox would find a way to keep Brock Holt, as Peraza can pick up some of the utility man slack and potentially challenge for regular playing time at second base.